Joanne Padrón Carney is Chief Government Relations Officer and the Director for Government Relations for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Since 1997, she has managed all activities of the program, including production of the weekly AAAS Policy Alert; tracking legislation related to a wide range of policy issues that impact the research community; organizing an annual S&T policy workshop for graduate students; briefings for congressional leaders and their staff; and formulating AAAS policy strategies, statements and testimony. She also serves on the AAAS Fellowship Advisory Committee, the Golden Goose Award Steering Committee, and the Task Force on American Innovation Steering Committee.
Prior to joining the AAAS staff, Ms. Carney led the Government Relations Office for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) where she followed civil space, civil aeronautics and defense issues for almost ten years. At AIAA Ms. Carney was staff liaison to the AIAA Public Policy Committee and assisted in the organization of over 16 technical workshops and the preparation of numerous position papers.
Ms. Carney holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Master of Arts in Science, Technology, and Public Policy from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.