Erin Heath is Associate Director of the AAAS Office of Government Relations. She handles a range of policy issues of interest to the scientific community, with a particular focus on biomedical research. She also serves as AAAS’s liaison to state and local science education advocates. She is heavily involved in efforts to empower scientists and engineers to become engaged with policymakers, the media and the public. Before joining AAAS in 2006, she worked for the American Institute of Biological Sciences, where she led the organization’s media training and outreach efforts and covered a range of policy issues. Ms. Heath holds a Master of Science with Merit in Public Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science. While in London, she served as a research assistant in Parliament. Prior to graduate school, Ms. Heath spent years as a journalist in Washington, most notably as a science policy reporter and columnist for the National Journal. She earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland.