Rachel Pottinger is a Professor in Computer Science at the University of British Columbia. She received her PhD in computer science from the University of Washington in 2004. Her main research interest is data management, particularly semantic data integration, how to manage metadata, how to manage data that is currently not well supported by databases, and how to make data easier to understand and explore.

She is a member of the Computing Research Association’s (CRA) Board of Directors and the VLDB Journal editorial board. She is the Secretary-Treasurer for SIGMOD. In the past she has been a General Co-Chair of SIGMOD 2020, the Associate Head for the Undergraduate Program of the Department of Computer Science from 2018-2020 and has been on numerous program committees and done many other things that’s she’s too tired to list now.

She is the winner of the 2007 Anita Borg Institute’s Denice Denton Emerging Leader award.

Outside of work, she is married to Steve Wolfman and the mother of Naomi and Eleanor. You can also find a bit about her personal history.