GS11 Regional Steering Committee

Dr Wanda E. Ward

WardAssistant Director, Broadening Participation, Science Division, Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House, USA
Senior Advisor, National Science Foundation (NSF)

During her tenure at the United States National Science Foundation (NSF), Dr. Wanda E. Ward has served in a number of science and engineering policy, planning and program capacities, including Head of the Office of International and Integrative Activities, Senior Advisor to the NSF Director; Assistant to the NSF Deputy Director for Human Resource Development; Deputy Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences; and Deputy Assistant Director, Education and Human Resources. Wanda provided critical leadership for the development of several NSF-wide activities, including the Human and Social Dynamics priority area, the Science of Learning Centers program, Cyberinfrastructure and the Social Sciences, the ADVANCE program, the Innovation through Institutional Integration activity, and the Career-Life Balance initiative. She has also served on the President's National Science and Technology Council subcommittees and interagency working groups in the areas of science education and workforce development and the social, behavioral and economic sciences. Prior to joining NSF, Wanda was an associate professor of psychology and founding director of the Center for Research on Multi-Ethnic Education at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. She received a BA in psychology as well as the Afro-American Studies Certificate from Princeton University and a PhD in psychology from Stanford University. Wanda chaired the Organizing Committee of the Gender Summit 3 – North America and Gender Summit 5 – Africa.