Jayne is an accomplished professional with a broad portfolio of technical program and policy development expertise relevant to the priorities in the American and international science community. Jayne has an M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, with a specialty in molecular and microbiology. Jayne's career has involved working across stakeholders to foster engagement, create a strategic vision, and build consensus on a range of technical program and public policy areas, including environmental health, public health and safety, and law enforcement. Her career journey has also taken her from leading national science and technology (S&T) strategic policy development as a civil servant in the Executive Office of the President during the Obama Administration to working remotely on science policy in Chinook, Montana! She considers herself fortunate to have had the opportunity to hone skills in fostering common vision, strategic roadmap development, facilitation, active collaboration, and communication across sectors, industries, and stakeholders on numerous critical national issues. Jayne is adept at assessing data needs, knowledge gaps to foster confident decision-making founded on scientific evidence. Her technical research portfolio has enabled measurement assurance in the fields of biological science, complex microbial systems and ecosystems, and natural and engineered environmental systems.
Jayne is passionate about women in STEM and fostering a culture of inclusive innovation – creating environments and leadership opportunities to promote teams that thrive and make diversity of thought essential to all innovative efforts. She believes in the people of Montana- the grit, creativity, and perseverance of Montanans is a national asset and foundational to empowering our innovation potential in our home state and around the globe.