A Dedicated and Agile Leadership Guides ACM

ACM members fill vital positions on the councils, boards and committees that govern the organization and raise the visibility of ACM worldwide.

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Patricia Ordóñez and Lisa Smith Named Co-chairs of ACM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council

Patricia Ordóñez and Lisa Smith have been named Co-chairs of ACM's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council, effective July 1, 2021. Patricia (Patti) Ordóñez is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras. Lisa Smith is the Scholar Program Office Manager at Intel Corp. Read a People of ACM interview with Patti.

ACM Executive Committee

Learn more about the leaders who are the driving force behind ACM's initiatives:

  • President Gabriele Kotsis: Computer Science professor at Johannes Kepler University and an ACM Distinguished Member; formerly ACM Council Member-at-Large
  • Vice President Joan Feigenbaum: Grace Murray Hopper Professor of Computer Science at Yale University and an Amazon Scholar
  • Secretary/Treasurer Elisa Bertino: Samuel Conte Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University and 2019-2020 ACM Athena Lecturer
  • Past President Cherri M. Pancake: formerly ACM Vice President; SIGHPC founder and Chair; ACM Fellow
  • Special Interest Group Governing Board (SGB) Chair Jens Palsberg: Computer Science Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

Guiding Members with a Framework of Ethical Conduct

Learn more about ACM’s commitment to ethical standards: the ACM Code of Ethics, Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professional Practice, and Committee on Professional Ethics (COPE), which is guiding these and other intiatives.

ACM Regional Councils

ACM's Regional Councils provide grassroots support on a global scale. Based in Europe, India, and China, they raise awareness, visibility and relevance of ACM by sponsoring high-quality conferences, expanding chapters, and encouraging greater participation in all dimensions of the society.

ACM Europe   ACM India   ACM China

Become an Ambassador for ACM

Encourage your colleagues to join ACM, share the benefits of ACM and receive free gifts for participating. Your support of ACM is critical to our continuing efforts to advance computing as a science and a profession. 

Ambassador for ACM Program

Get Involved with ACM

ACM is a volunteer-led and member-driven organization. Everything ACM accomplishes is through the efforts of people like you. A wide range of activities keeps ACM moving: organizing conferences, editing journals, reviewing papers and participating on boards and committees, to name a few. Find out all the ways that you can volunteer with ACM.



ACM-W supports, celebrates, and advocates internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of computing, providing a wide range of programs and services to ACM members and working in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women. Membership in ACM-W is open to all ACM members and is free of charge.


ACM: Formed at the Dawn of Computing

ACM was established in 1947 soon after the creation of ENIAC, the first stored-program digital computer, to “advance the science, development, construction, and application of the new machinery for computing, reasoning, and other handling of information.”

ACM History