Center for American Progress

STATEMENT: Arati Prabhakar Is the Ideal Leader To Serve as the President’s Chief Adviser for Science and Technology
Press Statement

STATEMENT: Arati Prabhakar Is the Ideal Leader To Serve as the President’s Chief Adviser for Science and Technology

Washington, D.C. — Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Dr. Arati Prabhakar to serve as the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the president’s chief adviser for science and technology. Following the announcement, Patrick Gaspard, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:

Dr. Prabhakar is the ideal leader to serve as the president’s chief adviser for science and technology. Her work across the private sector, nonprofits, and government equips her for cross-cutting challenges, at a moment when the rigorous work of fact-based policymaking is more critical than ever and the governance of tech platforms so clearly affects the fragility of U.S. democracy, and under the vision of a president who has centered equity in health care and climate outcomes. In the midst of the continued climate crisis and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we need strong leadership from the Office of Science and Technology Policy on spurring thoughtful, ethical innovations that concretely improve people’s lives. We are grateful to Dr. Alondra Nelson for her work providing that leadership, and I’m confident that Dr. Prabhakar will do the same.

For more information on this topic or to speak to an expert, contact Julia Cusick at jcusick@americanprogress.org.