Ysabel Woody is a senior program associate for Education and Human Resources and the Center for Advancing Science & Engineering Capacity at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, where she works on programs including the AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program and the Marion Milligan Mason Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences.
Prior to joining AAAS, Ysabel served as a program coordinator with Ascend, a program of the Aspen Institute that elevates policies and solutions aimed to move children and their parents towards educational success and economic security. At Ascend, she contributed to reports, research, presentations, and web content; managed logistics for highly-specialized events and meetings; provided leadership for the team’s operations and racial equity work; and worked in concerted effort with leaders in family economic security practice, policy, academia, and philanthropy. Previously, Ysabel worked as the interim assistant director of Student Activities and the Campus Center at Amherst College, where she mentored student leaders, oversaw campus center operations, and planned high-quality, campus-wide events. She holds a BA in black studies from Amherst College and has a strong interest in renewable energy and its potential for global good.