Rick Kempinski

Associate Director

Rick Kempinski directs the executive, legislative and judicial branch fellowships, leading four program managers in orchestrating productive host agency partnerships, and managing positive communication with and support for applicants, fellows, and mentors.  He co-supervises the selection and placement processes; monitors and assesses fellowship activities and reporting; and ensures consistency and quality for mutually beneficial fellowship experiences.

Rick also helps plan and conduct orientation sessions, participates in outreach and recruitment efforts, and represents Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) at government meetings, professional conferences, and academic institutions across the country.

Beginning in August 2016, Rick will assume the role of associate director following the retirement of Sage Russell. He will oversee seven staff in the programmatic operations, and supervise outreach to and partnerships with federal agencies, congressional offices, and sponsoring societies. Rick will orchestrate the selection and placement processes; direct applicant and fellow communication and services; conduct quality control on the monitoring and reporting processes; review and edit policies, guidelines, and standard operating procedures for program activities; and, implement programmatic enhancements. In addition, he will review proposals and participate in recruitment and outreach activities. Rick will assist the director with strategic planning, developing and launching new initiatives, and formulating program policy.

He received a bachelor's degree in international business and human resources from American University. Rick joined STPF in 2008, with more than eight years of experience, including four years as senior project manager at the American Society for Engineering Education. There, he directed federally funded fellowship programs including the NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program, the Naval Research Laboratory Postdoctoral Fellowships, and the Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowships. Rick also has experience in marketing and communications in the private sector.