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Dr. Jedidah Isler
Dr. Jedidah Isler leads the Science and Society division at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP), as the Principal Assistant Director. The Science and Society Team advances the President’s commitment to ensuring that all of America can participate in, contribute to, and benefit from science and technology. An inaugural White House team, the Science and Society Team directs priority efforts to protect the integrity of science in the federal government, broaden participation in STEM fields, strengthen the U.S. research infrastructure and its security, and ensure that all Americans have equitable access to the benefits of new and emerging technologies and scientific innovation.
Dr. Isler brings her expertise as an astrophysicist and expert in supermassive black holes, science communicator, founder, and vocal advocate for the rightful presence of women of color, non-binary people of color, and marginalized groups more broadly, in science & technology. She has served on the Astronomy & Astrophysics (Astro2020) Decadal Survey’s inaugural State of the Profession and Society Impacts panel, was a member of the American Institute of Physics TEAM-UP Task Force to advance African Americans in Physics and Astronomy, for which she was awarded the 2022 American Physical Society Excellence in Physics Education Award. She has delivered 2 TED talks, and was on the astrophysics faculty at Dartmouth College immediately before beginning public service. She brings these complimentary experiences to the work of advancing equity in Federal science & technology strategy and policy.