December 2009 – Shere Abbott



Ms. Shere Abbott is Associate Director for Environment of the United States. She is a member of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).


Sherburne “Shere” Abbott serves as the Associate Director for Environment of the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President. She manages a portfolio of S&T policy that ranges from energy and climate change to environmental quality and sustainability.

Prior to her confirmation for this position by the Senate on April 30, 2009, Ms. Abbott was a faculty member of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin and served as the Director of the Center for Science and Practice of Sustainability in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. Previously, Ms Abbott served as Chief International Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Prior to that appointment, over a 17 year period at the National Academies’ National Research Council she served as Executive Director of the Board on Sustainable Development, the Director of International Organization Programs for the Office of International Affairs, and the Director of the Polar Research Board of the National Academies’ National Research Council. Ms. Abbott also served as Assistant Scientific Program Director of the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission.

Ms. Abbott earned her A.B. from Goucher College and her M.F.S. from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She and her husband, James Steinberg, have two young daughters.


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