Adriana Bankston Selected as Third CEO and Managing Publisher of the Journal of Science Policy & Governance
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Washington, DC (April 6, 2021) — The Governing Board of the Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG) has selected Adriana Bankston as the third Chief Executive Officer and Managing Publisher.
On May 3, 2021, Bankston will succeed Shalin Jyotishi, who has been with the organization since 2013 and CEO since 2017. Jyotishi will step into a Senior Advisor role to support the transition and strategic initiatives.
During his eight-year tenure with JSPG and four-year tenure as CEO, Jyotishi prioritized new strategic partnerships and expanded outreach, communication and editorial capacity to ensure that the early career researchers published in JSPG have a voice in global policymaking.
Issue partnerships forged under Jyotishi’s tenure addressed topics ranging from U.S. science policy to climate action to equity and emerging technology. Partners included the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Kavli Foundation, the UK Government, the United Nations, the Canadian Science Policy Centre, the National Science Policy Network, and other national and international organizations.
Over the past four years, JSPG has doubled its editorial capacity producing twice as many issues, including two standard issues and multiple special topics issues annually. JSPG’s work has been cited in CNN, The Washington Post and other media outlets. Its work has been presented in formal testimony before the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development and through events with organizations such as New America’s Public Interest Technology program and the US National Academy of Sciences.
In 2019, Jyotishi led the establishment of a newly structured Governing Board composed of leading science policy luminaries, many of whom have contributed to various JSPG projects.
Since January 2020, Bankston has served as JSPG’s Chief Outreach Officer. She joined JSPG as Director of Communications & Outreach in October 2018. Since that time, Bankston has elevated the visibility and impact of JSPG nationally and internationally, organizing nearly 50 events in total in the form of workshops, webinars, panels and presentations highlighting JSPG. She has established and nurtured several high-profile partnerships and served as the founding host of JSPG’s SciPol SoundBites podcast. Through her work, JSPG has seen an increased engagement level, quality submissions and meaningful outcomes for authors, fostering their professional development in science policy.
Bankston is a Principal Legislative Analyst at the University of California Office of Federal Governmental Relations in Washington, DC. Prior to this position, Bankston was a Policy & Advocacy Fellow at the Society for Neuroscience. Bankston also co-leads the Policy Taskforce at Future of Research and is a Biomedical Workforce & Policy Research Investigator with the STEM Advocacy Institute. Her work has appeared in InsideHigherEd, Nature, Science Careers and the Union of Concerned Scientists Blog, in addition to blogs from several scientific societies.
“Shalin has been an outstanding leader for JSPG and has shown unwavering dedication to the team and our shared goals. We are incredibly excited to welcome Adriana as she takes the helm to continue advancing JSPG’s mission and impact with policymakers,” said Max Bronstein, Founder and Senior Advisor at the Journal of Science Policy & Governance.
Bankston will formally assume the role of CEO and Managing Publisher and Jyotishi will transition into a Senior Advisor role on May 3, 2021.
The Journal of Science Policy & Governance is an open-access peer-reviewed publication dedicated to elevating students, post-docs, policy fellows and young scholars in science, technology and innovation policy and governance debate worldwide. JSPG publishes high-quality articles covering the widest range of topics in formats that are accessible to policymakers. Since 2011, JSPG has served as a vehicle for students and early career researchers to bolster their research and writing credentials in science policy. Visit sciencepolicyjournal.org and follow on Twitter @SciPolJournal to learn more.
JSPG's Adriana Bankston Helps Coordinate New Science Policy Program
Chief Outreach Officer for the Journal of Science Policy & Governance, Adriana Bankston, helped coordinate and organize a new certificate program in Science Policy & Advocacy for STEM Scientists. Led and hosted by University of California, Irvine’s GPS-STEM Public Policy Prep (P3) program, this online course is organized in conjunction with The Journal of Science Policy and Governance (JSPG) and UCI’s Ridge to Reef program with contributions from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
Learn more about the program on the course website here.
Below is the course introduction and press release, more information can be found here.
In her role as JSPG Director of Communications and the Future of Research (FoR) Associate Director of Fundraising and Strategic Initiatives, Dr. Adriana Bankston addressed grassroots engagement of students and early career trainees in science policy and advocacy during a Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) workshop co-organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the University of California Advocacy Network (UCAN), and the National Science Policy Network (NSPN) chapter at University of California-Irvine. Learn more and see the agenda here. Interested in partnering with JSPG on outreach or engagement? Contact us.
JSPG CEO Shalin Jyotishi gave a presentation during a workshop organized by the National Science Policy Network (NSPN) and hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science on how student science policy organizations can leverage JSPG as a vehicle to engage in meaningful science, technology and policy debate. The presentation recording will be available on the NSPN website later this fall.
JSPG is pleased to welcome Adriana Bankston as its new Director of Communications and Outreach. Adriana brings a significant amount of science outreach, engagement and communications experience to the JSPG team along with a passion for empowering early-career trainees to have their voice heard in policy debate. Learn more.