Dr. Michael Fernandez is the founding director of the AAAS Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues (AAAS EPI Center). His experience in science policy and public affairs includes leadership positions in private industry as well as at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Pesticides, Prevention, and Toxic Substances and at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service. He was senior director of global public policy at Mars, Incorporated, and executive director at the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology. Michael was most recently a senior fellow at George Washington University’s Food Policy Institute and Sustainability Collaborative and a lecturer at the Milken Institute School of Public Health.
Michael was an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry in 1991, and went on to serve on the committee’s professional staff for three years. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Chicago.