SCi is delighted to announce Dr. Chelsea Marcho joined the team as the new Program Coordinator. Chelsea brings a wealth of expertise and experience in science communication and science policy with a strong focus on addressing global challenges through thoughtful scientific engagement.
In her previous role in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Chelsea served as a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow and International Research Advisor, where she played a pivotal role in driving innovation and fostering collaboration across the research portfolio. Notably, she led the Research Community of Practice communications team, focusing on translating research advancements to a wide variety of audiences. She also managed a variety of U.S. university research programs, organized internal and external scientific meetings and seminars, and utilized her technical background to inform policy. Her culminating achievement was co-leading the drafting of the U.S. Government Global Food Security Research Strategy, a key interagency strategy for international research investments.
Chelsea holds a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where her research focused on epigenetic regulation during early mammalian development. After completing her graduate training, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the UMASS School of Public Health and currently serves as a visiting scholar in the College of Natural Sciences.
In her new role, Chelsea will collaborate closely with SCi’s co-directors to shape and implement the strategic vision for ongoing and upcoming programming and will play an important role in enhancing the impact and sustainability of SCi.