Cynthia R. Robinson


Cynthia Robinson directs the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships®, administering programs and activities for more than 250 fellows annually in the executive, judicial and legislative branches of government. With a team of 20 full-time staff and an annual budget of more than $16 million, she oversees strategic planning and policy; program development and evaluation; professional education activities; and communications, marketing, and stakeholder relations.

Prior to joining AAAS in 2004, Cynthia worked for seven years directing fellowships for scientists and engineers focusing on the environment and conservation, with the Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation, and the Leopold Leadership Program. She has more than 20 years of experience in program management, communications, and non-profit administration. Her early career was in public relations and marketing in the fields of community development, financial services, and healthcare; and she has worked in outreach, training and member services in the ‘education for sustainability’ area.

Cynthia holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University, and a master's degree in urban and environmental policy from Tufts University, with a concentration in international environmental policy and sustainable development. She is a recipient of a UNEP Fellowship in International Environmental Management, and a Switzer Foundation Environmental Fellowship. Cynthia has held numerous volunteer leadership positions, including trustee and board chair of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation, trustee with the Sea Education Association, and chair of the Education & Outreach Working Group of the Green Plan Steering Committee for the town of Cheverly, MD. She is a member of the Association for Women in Science, where she contributes as a member of the nominating committee; and the International Leadership Association, where she serves as chair of the Public Leadership Member Interest Group.

Her experience as a high school exchange student to Turkey sparked her love of travel and interest in other cultures. Cynthia spent three years in international development with the Peace Corps in Thailand and The Gambia, focusing on environmental education and youth enrichment programs. She feeds her wanderlust with annual overseas adventures, and is active with the Refugee Assistance Project supporting newly immigrated refugees in the Washington DC area.