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able the scientific leadership of our com- munity through the next decade. that NCOA succeeds at meeting the needs of the entire Gemini community. Gemini is well-positioned to be the lead- ing transient follow-up facility for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) and gravi- tational wave sources, but these new oppor- tunities must be balanced against the needs of the general Gemini observer community. Our strong visiting instrument program, new partnership with the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, new facility in- struments — Spectrograph and Camera for Observations of Rapid Phenomena in the Infrared and Optical (SCORPIO) and Gem- ini High-resolution Optical SpecTrograph (GHOST) — and new funding to develop GNAO are all steps in the right direction to- ward a strong instrumentation suite. Crafting a robust strategy to achieve these goals will require many conversations with all stakeholders: the Gemini user communi- ties, the Gemini Observatory Board, inter- national partners, NSF, and the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA); the cross-observatory partnerships, including LSST, NOAO, and Maunakea ob- servatories; local communities; and most importantly, the Gemini Observatory staff. The incorporation of Gemini Observatory into the new National Center for Optical- infrared Astronomy (NCOA) offers a unique opportunity to leverage the intellectual and infrastructure assets of the NCOA insti- tutions (which include Gemini, the current NOAO, and LSST). My job will be to ensure 2 GeminiFocus I hope to engage with as many of our com- munity members and staff as possible in the coming months in order to develop our collective vision for the future of Gemini. I have found that working with talented, dedicated, and diverse teams of people toward the common goal of pushing the boundaries of human knowledge to be a great thrill and privilege. Jennifer Lotz is the Gemini Observatory Director. She can be reached at: [email protected] October 2018