Ohio Sea Grant’s four 2020 Knauss fellowship finalists completed Placement Week in Washington, D.C. in October and November, meeting with potential host offices and interviewing for positions of interest. Three fellows will work in executive branch offices, with one fellow joining a congressional office on the legislative side.
Tiffany Atkinson, a recent Master’s graduate from the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University in Columbus will join the Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Office of the Assistant Administrator as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Administrator. Her role will involve providing policy advice, leading briefings, and developing special projects aligned with her areas of interest.
Geoffrey Dipre, a PhD graduate in earth sciences at The Ohio State University in Columbus, will act as Policy Advisor to the Executive Director of the U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System. He will act as the professional staff lead for interagency initiatives related to the U.S. Arctic, alternative fuels and air emissions, as well as ocean and coastal management policy.
Josie Lindsey-Robbins, a Master’s graduate in biological sciences at Bowling Green State University, has accepted a fellowship position as a Congressional Affairs Specialist in NOAA’s Congressional Analysis and Relations Division. Her focus will be on bringing science-based information about NOAA’s work to Congress via testimony and responding to inquiries, as well as on translating congressional action for the scientists affected by it.
Matthew Young, a Master’s graduate in environmental science at The Ohio State University in Columbus, will join Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur’s office, where he will help address Ohio-related water issues. Kaptur represents Ohio’s 9th Congressional District, which stretches along the Lake Erie coast from Toledo to western Cleveland.
The prestigious John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship is a year-long NOAA Sea Grant program that places highly qualified graduate students in host offices in the legislative and executive branches of U.S. government.
More information about the Knauss Fellowship Program is available at seagrant.noaa.gov/Knauss-Fellowship-Program. Applications for 2021 fellowships are open now, and applications must be submitted by February 21, 2020. Information on the application process is available at ohioseagrant.osu.edu/about/jobs/knauss.
The Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant College Program is part of NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 34 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. For more information, visit ohioseagrant.osu.edu.