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Diane Jones

Diane Jones is the Deputy to the Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Originally trained as a molecular biologist, Diane began her career as the director of an environmental analysis laboratory and adjunct biology professor at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), where she eventually became a full-time professor. With funding from the National Science Foundation, she established the Biotechnology Institute at CCBC, a partnership between industry, the community college and four year universities to train technicians for the biotechnology industry. In 2000, Diane left CCBC to serve as a program officer in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation, during which time her professional interests transitioned to science policy.

During the 107th Congress, Diane served as a professional staffer and then acting staff director for the Research Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science. She then returned to academia for three years serving as Princeton University’s Director of Government Affairs before taking her current position at OSTP.

Diane also has significant private sector experience having founded and owned, from 1991 through 1999, a private health care center, a gourmet and natural foods market, and having co-owned an environmental biotechnology company. She has also served on the board of directors of the UMBC Research Park, Inc., since 1994.

Diane is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Salisbury University (biology) and holds a M.S. degree in Applied Molecular Biology from UMBC, where she also completed doctoral coursework in Cellular and Molecular Biology. In 2006, she received the UMBC Outstanding Alumna in Natural and Mathematical Sciences Award. She and her husband, Dr. William Jones, have two teenaged sons who they home school.