Mary Catherine Hester is a Community Manager Research at SURFnet, the Dutch research and education network. She is the project lead for the Enlighten Your Research programs (https://www.enlightenyourresearch.net/) and works with campuses to optimise network infrastructures for data-intensive research. One of her interests is creating tools for those in research and academia that use infrastructure resources such as compute, networking and storage to promote open science. Previously, she worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Computing Sciences and for ESnet as part of the Science Engagement Group. She received her bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of California, Davis.