Frances Colón: Government Advocate for Science and Innovation in Public Policy and Diplomacy
Deputy Science and Technology Adviser, U.S. Department of State
Twitter: @fcolonindc, @STASatState
Bio: Deputy Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State; previously Science and Environment Adviser for Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Dept. of State.
Innovating in Field of Work:
- Utilizes expertise as scientist to build bridges between science, technology and innovation and high-level decision-makers in the U.S. around the world
- First Executive Branch official to meet with Cuban science and environment ministries in Cuba in more than 50 years
- Launched a series of emerging technology briefings for senior decision-makers to interpret potential foreign policy impact of disruptive technology trends
- An ambassador for the power of science, technology and innovation as diplomacy tools
- Represented U.S. Government as Vice Chair of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development
- Launched Cenadores Puerto Rico, a nonprofit that harnesses the connections and expertise of the Puerto Rican diaspora to empower civil society on the island- “because it is time to give back to the place that shaped me”.
- Outspoken advocate for women/girls to pursue leadership roles in STEM
- One of the highest-ranking Hispanic women in foreign policy
- Launched a women leadership series as Board Member of the University of Puerto Rico Alumni and Friends Abroad
Reinvention / Risk / Momentum:
- Graduate of National Hispana Leadership Institute, one of the most prestigious leadership programs for women in the US.
- Part of the White House ‘Untold History of Women in STEM’ project, sharing stories honoring unsung heroines
- Board Member Grupo Guayacan, nonprofit that spearheads private equity investment in Puerto Rico’s entrepreneurial ecosystem
[She] “is extremely passionate about mentoring women and lifting others as she climbs….On multiple occasions she has nominated me to attend or speak at events in her place.”