Andrea M. Ghez, professor of Physics and Astronomy and Lauren B. Leichtman & Arthur E. Levine chair in Astrophysics, is one of the world’s leading experts in observational astrophysics and heads UCLA’s Galactic Center Group. She is best known for her ground-breaking work on the center of our Galaxy, which has led to the best evidence to date for the existence of supermassive black holes. Her contributions in this area earned her the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2020, as well as a great many other honors, including the MacArthur Fellowship. She serves on several leadership committees for the W. M. Keck Observatory, which hosts the largest telescopes in the world, and the future Thirty Meter Telescope. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. Ghez is also very committed to the communication of science to the general public and inspiring young girls to explore science.