Jessica Bates is a Public Engagement Administrative Support Specialist at AAAS. She performs higher level office support duties and provides specialized program support for all members of the Public Engagement team, including information management, phone and email customer service, and meeting support and organization. Since 2004, the AAAS Center for Public Engagement has worked to further awareness of science and the scientific process and increase public input into scientific research and policy agendas, encouraging and facilitating dialogue between policymakers, the general public, and the scientific community. Bates has a background in Psychology and Administration of Justice from Howard University. Prior to joining AAAS, she worked for non-profit scientific societies and in education as an office administrator.