Kira Mock serves as Interim Project Director as of January 1, 2017. She oversees seven staff in the programmatic operations, and supervises outreach to and partnerships with federal agencies, congressional offices, and sponsoring societies. Kira orchestrates the selection and placement processes; directs fellow communication and services; conducts quality control on the monitoring and reporting processes; reviews and edits policies, guidelines, and standard operating procedures for program activities; and, implements programmatic enhancements. She assists the interim director with strategic planning, developing and launching new initiatives, formulating program policy and reviewing proposals. She also continues to facilitate the day-to-day coordination of several fellows.
Kira holds a BBA in international business finance from George Washington University with a minor in German literature & language, as well as a master’s degree from St. John’s College in liberal arts, and a master’s degree in environmental management. She joined the Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) in 2009 with 14 years of experience managing international scientific capacity building initiatives. Previously, she was a program officer at the Research Support Program for USAID (administered under the Policy and Global Affairs Division at the National Academies) where she managed peer review and administration of USAID’s Israeli research programs.
Kira has published in AAAS’ Science & Diplomacy publication on innovative applied scientific research programs. She has traveled extensively and, having lived in Germany as an exchange student, is fluent in German.