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Jill Parsons

Project Director

Jill Parsons oversees professional development programming for the Science & Technology Policy Fellowships. She directs implementation of a yearlong professional development program for fellows, including orientation, skill-building workshops, career enhancement sessions, and a year-end summit. She supervises logistics, develops training materials, recruits speakers, and oversees and nurtures fellows’ affinity groups.

Jill holds a B.A. in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Duke University and an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Sussex. She joined STPF in 2020 with over fifteen years of experience implementing science programs and professional development initiatives in global nonprofit environments. Most recently she directed programs that built capacity, facilitated connections, produced syntheses, and promoted engagement in the scientific community at the Ecological Society of America. Previously, she worked as a Training Support Officer for a UK-based charity that conducted financial management training for NGO professionals.

Jill’s interests include meeting facilitation, interdisciplinary collaborations and community science. She is passionate about creating engaging, inclusive and relevant professional development programs where participants learn by practicing new skills and tools. Outside of work, Jill enjoys dancing, walking her dogs and being outdoors with her family.