Eddie Gonzalez manages the Congressional Science & Engineering Fellowships®, overseeing day-to-day operations of the program area, managing the selection and placement processes, and monitoring and reporting on fellowship activities. He serves as a liaison and guide to fellows and their mentors, and is the point of contact for partner scientific and engineering societies. Eddie also plans and directs the yearlong professional development (PD) program for all S&T Policy Fellows. This includes the two-week orientation; monthly workshops focusing on leadership, policy, and communication skills; and fellows’ affinity groups. He oversees the learning evaluation processes, and serves as an advisor on mentoring efforts.
Eddie joined the Fellowships team in 2013, bringing more than 18 years of experience managing programs for a broad range of nonprofit organizations, including the World Wildlife Fund, the National Park Foundation, National Audubon Society, and the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation. He is now full-circle back AAAS, where he held his first professional position as an education specialist nearly 20 years ago. Eddie’s ensuing posts have involved managing education programs, developing curricula and programming, leading fellowships and mentoring programs and alumni networks, strategic planning, fundraising, event management and outreach.
He holds a master's degree in nonprofit management from Regis University, and a bachelor's in geology and biology from Brown University. Eddie has a passion for land and marine conservation. He serves on the board of the Association of Partners for Public Lands, and as a scuba dive master leads high school groups on ocean conservation education trips. Eddie also is an avid cook, and has created his own line of grilling spices labeled Eye of Newt.