About Craig Schiffries
Craig Schiffries joins GSA after five years as Director of Science Policy for the National Council for Science and Environment in Washington. Previously he held positions at the National Academy of Sciences and the American Geological Institute, as well as serving as a GSA Congressional Science Fellow and professional staff member for the United States Senate.
Schiffries holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in geology and geophysics from Yale University, an Honors B.A. in philosophy, politics, and economics from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in geology from Harvard University.
GSA Opens Washington Office
GSA opened an office focused on public policy and the geosciences in Washington, D.C., effective 17 September 2007. The office, located at 1200 New York Avenue NW, is staffed by Dr. Craig M. Schiffries, the Society’s new Director for Geoscience Policy, who joined GSA 1 September.
The overarching goal of the office is to provide GSA and its membership with leadership in public policy as well as active involvement in public policy decision-making and implementation processes. Four major areas of activity include:
- Monitoring public policy issues and participating in information sharing and educational efforts directed toward the legislative and executive branches of government.
- Working with the GSA community to increase member involvement in public policy-related activities.
- Supporting adequate funding for science at the federal level.
- Encouraging and improving the use of scientific information in decision-making in the public policy arena.
The opening of the Washington office is one aspect of GSA's National Leadership Initiative, which will further the Society's core mission to be a leader in advancing the geosciences, enhancing the professional growth of its members, and promoting the geosciences in the service of humankind.
"The National Leadership Initiative, the opening of a Washington, D.C., office, and the hiring of Dr. Craig Schiffries are all exciting steps and momentous benchmarks in the history of GSA, in support of our membership, and in support of the earth sciences as a whole," said Dr. Stephen G. Wells, President of the Desert Research Institute, Nevada System of Higher Education, and immediate Past President of GSA. "We welcome Dr. Schiffries' extensive experience in national science and policy issues and look forward to his leadership in operating GSA's Washington, D.C., office."
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