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Francesca Grifo, PhD

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Scientific Integrity Official

Dr. Francesca Grifo is the EPA’s Scientific Integrity Official. Dr Grifo has been appointed as a cochair of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy Taskforce on Scientific Integrity, a taskforce mandated by the January 2021 Presidential Memorandum on “Restoring Trust in Government Through Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based Policymaking” that will report on scientific integrity best practices and create a framework for regular assessment for iterative improvement of U.S. federal agency scientific integrity policies and practices. Prior to her appointment at EPA, Dr. Grifo was Senior Scientist, Science Policy Fellow, and Director of the Scientific Integrity Program for the Union of Concerned Scientists. Her government experience includes work as a Program Manager of the International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups (ICBG) for the National Institutes of Health as well as service as an American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science and Diplomacy Fellow (AAAS) for USAID’s Office of Research. Dr. Grifo has held adjunct and other professorial appointments at American University, Georgetown University, Columbia University, and Bard College. Dr. Grifo is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was awarded the Distinguished Service in Science Policy Award from the Washington Academy of Sciences. Dr. Grifo received her A.B. in Biology from Smith College and her Ph.D. in Botany from Cornell University.