President-elect Joe Biden is beginning to announce nominees to distinguished science positions in his administration. Because the U.S. grapples with the implications of the final 4 years of the Trump administration undermining science and harming already marginalized teams at each flip, it’s essential that the Biden workforce select extremely certified leaders who convey sturdy scientific experience and who replicate the values and variety of the nation. Throughout the marketing campaign, Biden mentioned that his administration would “select science over fiction”; now’s the time to satisfy that marketing campaign promise. We want leaders who can rebuild our nation’s scientific infrastructure, restore the injury to our credibility, guarantee science is guiding company actions, and assist tackle long-standing inequities in entry to science and authorities assist.
Given the lengthy historical past of science advisors and cupboard positions held by white males, we’re heartened that the incoming administration has made an specific dedication to construct a various administration that’s intersectional, with ladies, nonbinary people and folks of shade elevated to senior positions. 500 Girls Scientists strongly helps the appointment of excellent ladies for management positions inside the Biden-Harris administration; we all know these ladies might be unbelievable property to the administration, will worth science, and can serve the nation with honor and dignity.
This checklist is under no circumstances exhaustive, as there are lots of enormously gifted and certified individuals to select from, however we’re particularly enthusiastic to assist the next individuals for a Biden-Harris Science Squad (and if the goes to another person for any of those positions, the ladies on our checklist would nonetheless be wonderful candidates for different roles within the administration).
White Home Science Advisor: Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D.
Present place: College Distinguished Professor at Oregon State College
On the science squad as a result of: There’s no one more qualified for this place than Lubchenco. She has the science chops as a marine ecologist with experience in oceans and local weather change and has labored within the authorities because the U.S. undersecretary of commerce for oceans and environment and as administrator of the Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) underneath President Obama. She additionally served on the inaugural Obama science workforce throughout 2009–2013 and 2014–2016 was the primary U.S. State Division science envoy for the oceans. Lubchenco has additionally collaborated with business, communities, civil society, academia and faith-based organizations to handle quite a lot of environmental challenges.
Be aware: The OSTP Director ought to be elevated to a Cupboard stage place, as President-elect Biden has previously suggested. Given the necessity for daring and progressive local weather motion, we suggest somebody with a robust background in local weather change science and a file of management in environmental justice—areas the administration has named as prime priorities.
White Home Council on Environmental High quality: Cecilia Martinez, Ph.D.
Present place: Co-founder and Govt Director of the Middle for Earth, Power and Democracy (CEED)
On the science squad as a result of: The group Martinez leads, CEED, offers analysis and analytic assist to environmental justice teams and coalitions. They helped form and launch the Equitable and Simply Local weather Platform in 2018, which facilities the wants and issues of these most affected by air pollution. Martinez was a part of Biden’s Local weather Engagement Advisory Council serving to to mobilize voters round local weather, was an advisor on growing his coverage plan to fight local weather change and is now main the CEQ company assessment workforce for the Biden transition workforce. She was just lately named in Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020.
Environmental Safety Company: Heather McTeer Toney, J.D.
Present place: Senior Director for Moms Clean Air Force
On the science squad as a result of: Toney, an lawyer and former native elected official, has labored with the EPA in two separate roles between 2009 and 2017. She was the chairwoman of the EPA’s Native Authorities Advisory Committee, after which in 2014, she was appointed by President Obama to function the regional administrator for the EPA Southeast Area. She has a robust file of utilizing science to information EPA coverage and he or she might be an excellent advocate for science agenda on the company. Since 2017, Toney has led discipline operations and grassroots organizing efforts targeted on environmental justice and air air pollution and has argued that combating local weather change and defending the setting are racial justice points.
Secretary of Power: Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Ph.D.
Present place: Senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy College of Authorities’s Belfer Middle for Science and Worldwide Affairs; advises nationwide laboratories, power funding funds and start-ups
On the science squad as a result of: She is a nuclear scientist well-versed within the priorities for the Division of Power (DOE), together with managing the U.S.’s nuclear sources, supporting an innovation analysis agenda and overseeing large-scale scientific applications. Together with her expertise because the DOE undersecretary through the Obama administration, Sherwood-Randall may hit the bottom working in an company that’s in want of a frontrunner who will support DOE employees and protect their scientific integrity.
Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator: Daybreak Wright, Ph.D.
Present place: Chief Scientist, Esri
On the science squad as a result of: She has a deep and stellar scientific background in oceanography and geography and has each tutorial and personal sector chops straight relevant to NOAA’s work on oceans, satellites, climate and atmospheric science. Wright has offered steerage to federal science applications and has served on NOAA’s Science Advisory Board and the Nationwide Academy of Sciences Ocean Research Board. She can also be dedicated to fairness and inclusion and can assist foster a various and vibrant tradition at NOAA.
Secretary of the Inside: U.S. Consultant Deb Haaland, J.D.
Present place: U.S. Consultant for New Mexico’s 1st district
On the science squad as a result of: As an lawyer, politician, and one of many first Native American ladies elected to Congress, Haaland has demonstrated management each nationally and for communities in New Mexico. She sits on the Home Committee on Pure Assets, earned a J.D. in Indian Regulation and has labored with the personal sector to efficiently advocate for environmentally pleasant practices. She has a robust file of supporting science and making evidence-based choices. The U.S. Division of the Inside wants the expertise and perspective of Rep. Haaland on the helm.
Science and Expertise Advisor to the Secretary of State: Frances Colón, Ph.D.
Present place: President and CEO, Jasperi Consulting
On the science squad as a result of: Colón is a local weather and worldwide environmental coverage professional who has diligently labored to maintain science entrance and middle in international coverage dialogues and has used science as a instrument for international engagement. She was the deputy science and expertise adviser to the secretary of state from 2012 to 2017, was additionally the highest-ranking Hispanic scientist on the State Division at the moment, and led the Power and Local weather Partnership for the Americas (ECPA), an initiative to speed up sustainable power within the Americas. Colón can also be a loud and proud advocate for the development of girls and ladies in STEM as evidenced by a number of daring initiatives she has led and created all through her profession.
Home White Home Local weather Change Advisor: Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Ph.D.
On the science squad as a result of: Johnson is a local weather coverage professional who suggested the Warren marketing campaign on the event of the Blue New Deal, the co-editor of a guide of essays referred to as All We Can Save that options the writings of girls local weather leaders and the co-host of a local weather podcast referred to as “Easy methods to Save a Planet” targeted on on a regular basis local weather options. She is dedicated to working for local weather justice and broader inclusion within the local weather motion.
Home White Home Local weather Change Advisor: Leah Stokes, Ph.D.
Present Place: Stokes is an assistant professor within the Division of Political Science on the College of California, Santa Barbara.
On the science squad as a result of: Stokes is an professional in public coverage, with a give attention to power, setting and local weather change. She has written a guide Quick Circuiting Coverage that examines the roles curiosity teams play in weakening U.S. clear power legal guidelines, and he or she launched a local weather podcast referred to as “A Matter of Levels” targeted on local weather. She is a frontrunner in her discipline and has demonstrated a dedication to making sure local weather motion is inclusive, equitable and simply.
The U.S. federal authorities is in dire want of recent expertise, and plenty of vital science positions have been empty or underutilized underneath the Trump administration. There is a chance to construct again higher by leveraging the total range of scientists and individuals who can convey their lived experiences to those vital authorities positions. There’s a squad of exceptionally certified ladies and nonbinary scientists who’re able to assist the Biden administration, many on the five hundred Girls Scientists workforce.
Regardless of who’s finally confirmed to the various open science positions inside the federal authorities, we count on Biden appointees to embody the change we need to see. We count on them to make use of science to tell coverage. We count on them to elevate the voices which were ignored and marginalized. We count on them to make use of science to guard individuals and communities, not companies. We count on them to work tirelessly to create a safer and extra equitable world.