Staff

Donna Gerardi Riordan joined the Academy in 2017 with three decades of experience in science policy. With degrees from Georgetown University and George Washington University, she served for 14 years as a staff member at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., where she founded and directed its Office of Public Understanding of Science. While working on policy issues in California in the 2000s, she was the co-architect of the first state-level Science & Technology Fellows Program, which places scientists and engineers in the state legislature. While consulting with national and state level organizations, primarily on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, she founded Research Northwest, a non-profit organization devoted to generating best available science for policy decisions. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Donna is a board member of the Orcas Island Community Resources Center and loves living in the Pacific Northwest.

donna.riordan@washacad.org | 206.219.2405 or 206.539.7453

Yasmeen Hussain is the Program Officer for the Washington State Academy of Sciences, facilitating existing and future WSAS studies. Yasmeen’s experience includes managing programs for the Professional Development Hub, serving as a AAAS Science and Tech Policy Congressional Fellow in the office of Rep. Bill Foster, and working as an Associate Program Officer and Mirzayan Fellow at the National Academies in Washington, DC. Yasmeen earned her PhD in Biology at the University of Washington and a BS in Mathematics and Biology at the University of Utah. Yasmeen volunteers her time in science education and mentoring, and serves on the board of the Association of Women in Science (AWIS) Seattle Chapter.

 yasmeen.hussain@washacad.org 

Amanda Koltz is an Interim Program Officer for the Washington State Academy of Sciences, where she facilitates WSAS studies on Net Ecological Gain, the effects of Pinniped Predation on Salmonids, and the Skagit River Water Supply. Amanda is an ecologist and former National Geographic Explorer and PolarTREC researcher in the Alaskan Arctic, and well as a Fulbright Fellow to Italy. She serves on the Steering Committee for the Network of Arthropods of the Tundra and is a member of several collaborative international research networks aimed at advancing biodiversity and ecosystem sciences. Amanda earned her PhD in Ecology at Duke University and a BS in Biology at Cornell University. In addition to her work with WSAS, Amanda is a Senior Scientist at Washington University in St. Louis and a Senior Fellow at the Arctic Institute, an interdisciplinary think tank focused on Arctic policy issues.

amanda.koltz@washacad.org 

We can’t do the important work of WSAS alone. We’ve worked with amazing consultants, contractors and interns in the past few years. Read about them here.