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Jessica Avery

Project Leader, Center for Innovation Strategy and Policy, SRI International

Ms. Avery has nearly 15 years of experience in science, technology, and innovation policy. She specializes in policy development and analysis, science communications, and scientific program management and evaluation. At SRI, Ms. Avery’s responsibilities have included the analysis and dissemination of science and engineering indicators; development and evaluation of research and innovation strategies, policies, and programs; and workshop development and facilitation. Her work has supported domestic and international government (National Science Foundation, UAE, European Commission), non-profit (Ukraine), and commercial (Japan) clients. Prior to joining SRI, Ms. Avery worked in the Office of Science Policy (OSP) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). At NIH, she was responsible for researching, analyzing, and synthesizing science policy materials for NIH leadership on a variety of topics, including translational medicine, dual use research of concern, scientific collections, and the value of biomedical research. While in OSP, she coordinated several high-profile meetings for the NIH Office of the Director. Ms. Avery has also supported the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) as an exhibitor at national conferences and has significant experience in publication development for OSP, NIDA, NSF, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Ms. Avery is a doctoral student in science and technology studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She holds an M.S. from Virginia Tech in Science and Technology Studies and a B.S. from Duke University in Biology.

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