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Monday, January 6

10:15am EST

Introduction to STEM Policy

As the first panel of the seminar, speakers will discuss their experience working at the intersection of STEM and policy and introduce you to typical careers, processes, topics, and jargon that will be helpful to know for the rest of the seminar.

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Marguerete Luter

Board Chair, STEMforHer
Marguerete Luter is President and owner of The Process Pro, an LLC fueling organization growth strategically and tactically through focus on strategic planning, business process, organization development and operations.  Ms. Luter’s entire career has been focused on helping organizations... Read More →

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Sarah Akbar

Director, Government Affairs Education and Workforce, Oracle
Sara Akbar is a Director in Oracle’s Government Affairs office. She manages workforce and education policy issues and serves as Oracle’s representative on philanthropic efforts and several international task forces, including the OECD. She frequently represents Oracle on STEM... Read More →
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Eileen Supko

President, Energy Resources International, Inc
Eileen Supko is a Principal Owner and President of Energy Resources International, Inc. (ERI), a Washington, D.C. based consulting company that specializes in nuclear fuel cycle market analyses. She provides consulting services associated with nuclear fuel management, nuclear waste... Read More →
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Cory Malmgren

Executive Director, US Policy and Government Relations, Merck
Corey Malmgren has more than a decade of experience working in Washington, D.C.  She is Executive Director of U.S. Policy and Government Relations at Merck.  Before joining Merck, she served as Health Counsel to Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), quickly rising to Deputy Legislative Director... Read More →

Monday January 6, 2020 10:15am - 11:45am EST
Amazon DC Headquarters 601 New Jersey Ave NW #900, Washington, D.C. 20001
Wednesday, January 8

9:15am EST

Careers on Capitol Hill
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Sharla Artz

Sharla Artz serves as the Vice President of Government Affairs, Policy and Cybersecurity of the Utilities Technology Council, where she focuses on bringing attention to cross sector interdependencies in critical infrastructure protection efforts. Ms. Artz was formerly the Director... Read More →


Lila Nieves-Lee

Legislative Assistant, Office of U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)
Lila Nieves-Lee is Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), a member of the SenateCommittee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.  She handles issues relating to Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs; Commerce, Science, and Transportation; as well as trade. Prior to... Read More →
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Sara Barber

Professional Staff Member, U.S.House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives
Sara earned her PhD in physics from the University of Oklahoma in 2015 where she studied remnant planetary systems around white dwarf stars. After graduate school, Sara moved to DC for a one-year AAAS/AIP Congressional Science Fellowship with the House Science Committee. During her... Read More →
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Grace Graham

Health Policy Director, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Priyanka Hooghan

Staff Director, Staff Director Subcommittee on Environment, U.S. Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Priyanka Hooghan is the Subcommittee Staff Director of the Environment Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Prior to her current role, she served as a STEM graduate fellow with the American Petroleum Institute and in the office of Senator Mazie K... Read More →

Wednesday January 8, 2020 9:15am - 10:15am EST
Rayburn House Office Building Room 2168 45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, D.C. 20515

10:30am EST

Data Security and Protection

Heather Philpot

Senior VP, Nonprofit & Political, Infogroup
Heather Philpot is the Senior Vice President of Political and Public Affairs, Heather is responsible for the growth and strategic development of both practices, as well as working with nonprofit charities. Her vision of helping marketers acquire high value donors, advocates, and... Read More →


Zuraya Tapia-Hadley

Manager of Public Policy, Facebook
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Taylor Lemmons

Business Development and Co-Chair of Diversity & Inclusion Council, Quorum
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Hannah Quay-de la Valle

Senior Technologist, Center for Democracy and Technology
Hannah Quay-de la Vallee is a Senior Technologist at the Center for Democracy & Technology. She brings her technical expertise to bear across CDT’s projects, with particular focus on advocating for robust encryption and on the Student Privacy project, dedicated to ensuring students... Read More →

Wednesday January 8, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am EST
Rayburn House Office Building Room 2168 45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, D.C. 20515
Thursday, January 9

9:15am EST

Breakout Session A: Energy and the Environment
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Sarah Hunt

Co-Founder and CEO, Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy
Sarah Hunt is a leader in conservative clean energy policy and a successful social entrepreneur. As co-founder and CEO of the Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy, she leads public policy research and leadership development programs by and for women, minorities, and mavericks... Read More →


Whitney Muse

Senior Consultant, Deloitte
Whitney Muse is a Senior Consultant at Deloitte. She currently supports domestic and international energy projects, providing policy and regulatory analysis, for US State Department, USAID, and US Department of Defense funded projects. She was previously the Senior Program Officer... Read More →

Melissa Lavinson

Senior Vice President of Government and External Affairs, Pepco Holdings

Alexis McKittrick

Environment and Energy Program and Policy Specialist, Institute for Defense Analyses
Alexis McKittrick, Ph.D., works as a research staff member for the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) in Washington, D.C. In this role, she conducts objective, non-partisan research and analysis supporting a variety of tasks for the White House Office of Science and... Read More →

Lauren Linsmayer

Professional Staff, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Lauren Linsmayer is a professional staff member with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology where she works on climate, weather, and ocean policy for the majority.  She joined the Committee at the beginning of 2019 after completing a year-long... Read More →

Thursday January 9, 2020 9:15am - 10:45am EST
Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center 901 K St NW 11th Floor, Washington, DC 20001

9:15am EST

Breakout Session B: Cybersecurity and National Defense

Allie Brandenburger

Founder, TheBridge
Allie Brandenburger is Co-founder & CEO of TheBridge, a non-partisan organization connecting tech, innovation, policy, politics, focused on building understanding and collaboration among these cultures. Allie has organically grown the community of leaders and expanded into cities... Read More →


Afua Bruce

Director of Engineering, Public Interest Technology
Afua Bruce has spent her career developing and applying technology in service of the public interest. She is currently the Director of Engineering for New America's Public Interest Technology program. At New America, Afua oversees a team of technologists working with state and local... Read More →

Lauren Courchaine

Cyberspace Officer, U.S. Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel Lauren A. Courchaine is an Operations Officer in the Cyberspace and Electronic Warfare Operations Division under the Directorate for Global Operations on the Joint Staff. In this position she supports the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the principal military... Read More →

Amelia Estwick

Global Cybersecurity Director, National Cybersecurity Institute
Dr. Amelia Estwick is the Program Director at the National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College (NCI) and is a Thought Leader for Excelsior College’s cybersecurity research, training, and academic initiatives. Prior to her position at Excelsior College, she worked for the... Read More →

Anjelica Dortch

Technology Policy Executive, IBM
Anjelica Dortch is a Technology Policy Executive within the Government and Regulatory Affairs team at IBM where she focuses on the company’s policy priorities for responsible artificial intelligence, cloud computing, cybersecurity, and blockchain technology. Prior to joining IBM... Read More →

Thursday January 9, 2020 9:15am - 10:45am EST
Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center 901 K St NW 11th Floor, Washington, DC 20001

11:00am EST

Breakout Session A: Inclusion in Technology Innovation

Samantha Lasky

Senior Vice President, Berlin Rosen
Samantha is a senior vice president in Berlin Rosen’s national division where she leverages her two decades of experience working with nonprofits and major corporations to develop communications strategies that help her clients engage core stakeholders and make an impact. Her most... Read More →

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Heather Matranga

Senior Director, Strategic Innovations, Village Capital
Heather is the Senior Director of Strategic Innovations at Village Capital, where she identifies and incubates innovative approaches to support and catalyze more investment into early-stage, high impact entrepreneurs. Prior to joining the team, Heather worked as an attorney advisor... Read More →
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Emily Jennings

Software Engineer, GetUpside
Emily Jennings was a teacher before she changed careers. She taught in South Korea for 5 years and now works at GetUpside as a software engineer. She also has experience helping others change careers into tech through coding bootcamps, and is particularly passionate about helping... Read More →

Francella Ochillo

Executive Director, Next Century Cities

Thursday January 9, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm EST
Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center 901 K St NW 11th Floor, Washington, DC 20001

11:00am EST

Breakout Session B: Health Access and Technology

Libby Prescott

Director of Programs, National Academy of Medicine


Erin Kelley

Senior Population Health Specialist,, Whitman Walker Health

Libby O’Hare

Partner, Lewis-Burke Associates

Stephanie Begley

Public Health Advisor, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Thursday January 9, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm EST
Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center 901 K St NW 11th Floor, Washington, DC 20001
Friday, January 10

9:15am EST

Launching Your Career in STEM Policy

Kate Stoll

Senior Policy Advisor, MIT
Kate Stoll is Senior Policy Advisor at the MIT Washington Office since 2014. Prior to MIT, she served as an American Chemical Society Congressional Fellow with the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce. From 2011-13 Kate was an American Association for the Advancement of Science... Read More →

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Laura Paquin

PhD Student, University of Maryland Aerospace Engineering Department
Laura Paquin is a PhD student in the aerospace engineering department at UMD. She is a National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate fellow and also an ARCS scholar. She received her bachelors in aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and during the summers completed... Read More →

Stefanie Reeves

Executive Director, Maryland Psychological Association
Stefanie Reeves is the Executive Director of the Maryland Psychological Association (MPA) in Columbia, MD. In this role, she manages the day to day operations of a small staff association representing psychologists and other mental health professionals in the state of Maryland. Stefanie... Read More →

AnneMarie Horowitz

Director, STEM Rising and Department of Energy
AnneMarie Horowitz has been with the Energy Department since 2009, and is the Director of STEM Rising, a priority Departmental initiative to highlight the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs and resources of the agency. AnneMarie also leads the Interagency... Read More →
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Amanda Field

Association of American Medical Colleges
Amanda Field earned her PhD in molecular and cellular biology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her doctorate work focused on the transcription factor network in the fruit fly, giving insight into how transcription factors guide embryonic development. During her doctorate... Read More →

Friday January 10, 2020 9:15am - 10:15am EST
Airbus Group 1101 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004