FIRST ACCELERATOR COHORT
The inaugural Day One Accelerator cohort spans a diverse range of science, technology and innovation interests and expertise, including both veteran policy experts and those new to the process. Each member of the group is developing a catalytic proposal for action.
Andrea Ippolito is as a member of the faculty within the College of Engineering and SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University. Prior to joining Cornell, Andrea served as the Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Innovators Network within the VA Center for Innovation. She is a former Presidential Innovation Fellow based out of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and General Services Administration. She obtained both her BS in Biological Engineering in 2006 and Masters of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering in 2007 from Cornell University.
Ann Dunkin is a Chief Technology Officer and Strategist focused on state and local government at Dell. Prior to joining Dell, she was the Chief Information Officer for the County of Santa Clara. Ann served in the Obama Administration as the Chief Information Officer of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to her time in Washington D.C., she was the Chief Technology Officer for the Palo Alto Unified School District. Ms. Dunkin joined the School District after a long career at Hewlett Packard in a variety of leadership roles focused on Engineering, Research & Development, IT, Manufacturing Engineering, Software Quality and Operations.
Proposal: Scaling proven IT modernization efforts across the Federal Government (with Greg Godbout).
Greg Godbout is responsible for Business Development and Director of Digital Services at Fearless. He previously served as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and U.S. Digital Services Lead at the EPA. Greg was the Executive Director and Co-Founder of 18F, a 2013 Presidential Innovation Fellow, and a Federal 100 and Fedscoop 50 award recipient. He received a degree in Economics with a concentration in Business from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a Masters in Management of IT from the University of Virginia.
Ilana Harrus is the Senior Program Associate of the Artificial Intelligence: Applications/Implications Initiative hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program. An astrophysicist by training, Ilana spent more than 15 years working at NASA and NSF including serving as Program Scientist for three space NASA missions and the lead for the R&D program of NASA Astrophysics. She is a PMI-certified Project Manager (PMP), has a PhD in Physics from Columbia University and a Master in Information Systems from University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Jamie Meacham is an entrepreneur living in the Baltimore/DC Metro area. She is the founder of Dx1eye Diagnostics Inc. which aims help physicians deliver improved spinal diagnostics. Working with physicians, technologists, patient safety pioneers, and networks across Silicon Valley, Jamie works to identify the healthcare industry's biggest challenges, and create tech solutions that can be put to use on large scale Government Health Initiatives.
Proposal: Steps to unlock the digital future of American healthcare.
Jeffrey Schub is the Executive Director of the Coalition for Green Capital (CGC), a nonprofit that incubates and supports local clean energy finance institutions – Green Banks – to drive greater clean energy investment into existing and new markets, in the United States and in developing countries. Jeff holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and BA’s in economics and public policy from Brown University.
Jen Goldsack is the Executive Director of the Digital Medicine Society (DiMe). Previously, Jen spent several years at the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) where she led development and implementation several projects within CTTI’s Mobile Program and was the operational co-lead on the first randomized clinical trial using FDA’s Sentinel System. Jen holds a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Oxford, England, a masters in the history and sociology of medicine from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the George Washington University.
Mary Woolley is the president and CEO of Research!America. Woolley is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and served two terms on its Governing Council. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and serves on the National Academy of Sciences Board on Higher Education and the Workforce, having previously served on the Board of Life Sciences. Woolley is a Founding Member of the Board of Associates of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. She has a 30-year publication history on science advocacy and research related topics and is a sought-after speaker.
Mrunali Manjrekar is an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley studying Bioengineering. Mrunali finds the interface of computer science and biology a mesmerizing combination with great potential for the future of personalized healthcare. She enjoys applying computer science to other branches of science, advocating for women in science and technology, and seeing federal improvements to STEM policy.
Natalie Henkhaus is the Executive Coordinator at the American Society of Plant Biologists in Rockville, MD. Having moved away from bench science in 2015, she works to raise prominence for the plant sciences through engagement with the public and research communities. Natalie coordinates an NSF-funded Research Coordination Network (the Plant Science Research Network) in a community-wide effort to develop priorities for the future of research and training in the plant sciences. Natalie completed her doctoral studies in Genetics (2015) at Cornell University.
Proposal: Reimagining science training to boost cross-sector and collaborative research - in plant science and beyond.
Patrick Gonzalez is a forest ecologist, climate change scientist, and an Associate Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He has also served as the Principal Climate Change Scientist of the U.S. National Park Service. Dr. Gonzalez has conducted field research in Africa, Latin America, and the United States and published in numerous journals, including Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. He has served as a lead author on four reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the organization awarded a share of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
Sarah Rovito is a 2019-2020 IEEE-USA Congressional Fellow serving in the Office of Representative Seth Moulton, where she oversees the science and technology legislative portfolio. She previously was the Director of Science & Research Policy at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, where she led APLU’s Public Interest Research Initiative. Sarah is licensed as a Professional Engineer and holds an S.M. in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.S. in Systems Engineering from The George Washington University, and a B.S.E. in Systems and Control Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.
Proposal: Developing and deploying public interest technologists to influence policy outcomes.
Steph Guerra is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the Office of Research and Development of the Veterans Health Administration (VA). Steph's work at the VA focuses on building research and clinical infrastructure to support Veterans’ access to opioids management and precision oncology care. A cancer biologist by training, Steph previously served as a Mirzayan Science Policy Fellow at the National Academies of Science where she focused on increasing diversity and inclusion across the scientific enterprise. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in Biological and Biomedical Sciences.
Stephen Posner is Director of Policy Outreach with the Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont. He is an expert in science policy with research that has appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Environmental Science & Policy, and Nature Communications. Previously, Stephen led policy outreach at COMPASS and consulted with global companies to measure how they impact and depend on nature. He has a BS in astronomy and physics and a PhD in natural resources.
Victoria DeLeo is a plant geneticist and a PhD candidate at Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on plant adaptation to the environment through time. She serves as an officer in the Science Policy Society at Penn State and co-authored a policy memo on hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale that was published in the Journal of Science Policy and Governance.
Proposal: Finding new sources of revenue for land management and conservation by monetizing the harvesting of plant and fungal resources.