Dr Jessie DeAro
Program Director, National Science Foundation (NSF), USA.
Dr DeAro is a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and diversity expert with fifteen years of policy and program experience in two federal agencies including details as Acting Deputy Division Director and to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). These experiences have complemented her formal scientific training with expertise in federal management and leadership, STEM policy, broadening participation programs, and STEM education and broadening participation research. Dr DeAro has experience designing and managing federal discretionary grant programs to broaden participation of underrepresented groups (women, minorities, and people with disabilities) and to improve the quality of STEM education. She has worked with faculty and administrators from many types of institutions to improve educational programs, student support services, research activities and infrastructure, as well as the administrative and financial capacity of institutions. These institutions include: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs); Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs); Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); research intensive institutions; and institutions with low per-student expenditures such as community colleges, liberal arts, and small comprehensive institutions.