Office of Science and Technology Policy

Council Member: John Holdren, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy

Council Designee: Patricia Falcone, Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs, Office of Science and Technology Policy

Dr. Patricia Falcone is the Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). She was sworn-in on August 23, 2012 following confirmation by the Senate. Her work seeks to strengthen innovation and technical excellence in support of U.S. defense, intelligence, and national- and homeland-security missions, and to ensure technical matters are effectively included in ongoing policy and budget development processes. In addition, she works to strengthen international science and technology engagement through high level dialogues and participation in multilateral and bilateral meetings and events.

Falcone previously worked as a member of the professional staff of Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California from 1981 – 2012. She was detailed to OSTP from 2009 – 2012. As a Senior Manager at Sandia, Falcone was responsible for Systems Analysis and Engineering; earlier, she was named a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff.

Falcone holds a B.S.E. in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. She and her husband have two grown children.

Council Designee: Vivian Graubard, Advisor to the United States Chief Technology Officer, Office of Science and Technology Policy

Vivian Graubard serves as an Advisor to the United States Chief Technology Officer, Todd Park, within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). She leads OSTP’s Tech Initiative to Fight Trafficking, which focuses on leveraging technological innovation to help combat human trafficking and enable victims to connect to help and support. She is also a leader within OSTP on initiatives to increase diversity within the tech community and to support greater inclusion of girls and women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics classes and careers. Vivian works closely with CTO Park on the Presidential Innovation Fellows program—a new initiative that brings leading tech innovators into government for focused “tours of duty” to work on game-changing projects that help make government smarter, more effective, and more efficient. 

Prior to joining the White House, Vivian was a fellow at Polaris Project, a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking. She also worked with The Emancipation Network in Kolkata, India, helping young girls who had been placed in orphanages after being rescued from sex trafficking enterprises. Vivian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from American University, where she pursued a dual concentration in Information Systems and Technology and International Business.

Council Designee: Katie Dowd, Senior Advisor to the United States Chief Technology Officer, Office of Science and Technology Policy

Katie Dowd serves as a Senior Advisor to the United States Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Her role focuses on supporting women and girls in STEM, the Tech Inclusion Initiative - to connect to all youth particularly those from underrepresented communities to technology opportunity as well as helping advance the global development open data effort under the Open Data Initiatives Project.

Prior to joining the White House, Katie served as an Innovation Advisor for Secretary Clinton at the U.S. Department of State where her worked focused on how technology and tech based tools can be used to advance the Administration’s foreign policy goals. Before government service, Katie spent ten years in digital strategy and grassroots marketing, serving as the head of new media operations for Secretary Clinton’s presidential primary campaign and her political action committee as well as working for a host of Democratic organizations and candidates across the country. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Katie is passionate about the potential of technology to foster positive change and progress. 

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