On June 24, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones for Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) at the Department of State.
Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones is currently an independent consultant. She has served previously as the Director of the National Science Foundation’s Office of International Science and Engineering. Dr. Jones has also served as Acting Director and Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs in the White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP). Prior to joining OSTP, Dr. Jones worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where her work focused on science and technology development activities. She served in New Delhi, India as the biotechnology advisor to the USAID mission. Dr. Jones began her government career as a Science, Engineering, and Diplomacy fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
She earned her Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University and a B.A. in Chemistry from Barnard College.