Angela Bednarek directs the evidence project at Pew, which aims to promote and facilitate new ways that research is generated, valued, and used to address pressing challenges across a wide variety of disciplines. As director, she leads the effort to increase collaboration among funders, researchers, decision-makers, and other stakeholders to identify and advance practices that connect evidence with decision-making. For more than a decade at Pew, Bednarek developed, supported, and communicated scientific research and technical analyses to identify emerging issues, inform policy, and advance solutions to environmental problems.
Before joining Pew, Bednarek was a foreign affairs officer and American Association for the Advancement of Science diplomacy fellow in the U.S. State Department’s Office of Environmental Policy, a fellow at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and a scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Bednarek holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and studio art from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s in biology from the University of Louisville, and a doctorate in biology from the University of Pennsylvania.