Angela Bednarek is a project director in environmental science at The Pew Charitable Trusts. She develops strategies for enhancing and assessing the policy relevance of the project’s research investments, including identifying scholarship opportunities and bringing together scholars and practitioners to improve the connections between science and policy.
Before joining Pew, Bednarek was a foreign affairs officer and the American Association for the Advancement of Science diplomacy fellow at the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Environmental Policy, where she was responsible for coordinating and negotiating U.S. positions on the Global Environment Facility, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the environmental impacts of World Bank projects, and international chemicals agreements. In addition, she served as the U.S. representative to the United Nations Dams and Development Project. Bednarek has held several fellowships in environmental policy, including at The Earth Institute at Columbia University and a Morris K. Udall Fellowship in environmental public policy and conflict resolution. She also worked as a consultant for the Tennessee Valley Authority on mitigating the effects of dams on rivers.
Bednarek holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and studio art from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree in biology from the University of Louisville, and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Scientific information can be critical to solving environmental challenges. But even technically credible research can fall flat if it doesn’t meet the needs of resource managers and decision-makers working toward a solution. Read More