PDCO: OPTIONS Science Policy & Communication - Science Policy Opportunities at For-Profit Organizations


Drs. Jessica Escobedo and Ishita Das will discuss their career journeys into the science policy, communication, and project management space. They will share insights into Ripple Effect’s project-based work as a government contractor, as well as guide you through an activity managing a government working group that involves strategic planning and communication.

Speaker Bios:
– Jessica Escobedo, PhD, PMP, Director of Science Policy, Ripple Effect Communication
Dr. Jessica Escobedo has more than 15 years of experience in scientific policy, scientific research, and project management. As the Director of Science Policy at Ripple Effect, she oversees multiple contracts supporting mission-driven activities for NIH and other federal agencies. Her team helps solve complex policy implementation problems and support scientific program management. She is also a certified project management professional. She has a PhD in integrative neurobiology from Caltech and has previously worked in academia at Charles Drew University (CDU), as a federal employee at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), and now in the private sector as a consultant at Ripple Effect. She has significant experience with an array of scientific communications, including writing more than 100 Congressional reports, as well as expertise in science policy and health disparities. At NIMHD, her work focused on educating stakeholders about the work NIH does to reduce health disparities, including collecting and analyzing trans-NIH data for reports, briefing bullets, presentations, and print materials. During her time at as a Senior Research Associate in the CDU Accelerating Excellence in Translational Science (AXIS) program, Dr. Escobedo developed, wrote, and edited a nationally circulated newsletter highlighting the work of five NIH-funded minority institutions and developed relationships to enhance translational research through the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute. At Caltech, Dr. Escobedo specialized in surveying individuals about moral decision-making and created a unique database of moral memories.

– Ishita Das, PhD, PMP, Science Policy Project Manager, Ripple Effect Communication
Dr. Ishita Das is a cellular/molecular biologist with nine years of experience in biomedical research, science policy, project management, and communications. She is currently a Science Policy Project Manager at Ripple Effect, where over the past 4 years she has provided support to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). She has gained expertise in various areas including human subjects/clinical trials policies, grants administration, and workforce diversity. Ishita has worked with NIH senior leadership as well public-private partnerships to develop, implement, and communicate new policies; coordinated and managed many workgroups/committees; and led cross-functional teams to develop a wide range of products including strategic plans and communications products. Ishita obtained her graduate degree at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 2015 and was an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is passionate about using her scientific knowledge to inform public policies in biomedical research and healthcare as well as contributing to efforts to build an inclusive scientific community.

Fall 2021 OPTIONS Science Policy & Communication Career Community:
Please note that this is a 6-part series. You can participate in the whole series or attend a handful of workshops.

Thursday, September 16th, 10am-12pm | Advocating for Science: Careers at a Professional Society
Thursday, September 30th, 10am-12pm | Science Policy Careers in Government
Thursday, October 14th, 10am-12pm | Opportunities in Science Diplomacy
Thursday, October 28th, 10am-12pm | Science Policy Opportunities at For-Profit Organizations
Thursday, November 11th, 10am-12pm | Communicating with Scientists: Careers in Technical Writing & Editing
Thursday, November 18th, 10am-12pm | Careers in Science Journalism and Communication

Questions about the OPTIONS program or an upcoming workshop, email C.J. Neely at cj.neely@jhu.edu. Learn more about OPTIONS at – https://pdco.med.jhmi.edu/career-exploration/options-career-communities/

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