Kei Koizumi

Science Policy practitioner

Boston University, B.A. in Comparative Political Economy
George Washington University, M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy

Kei Koizumi was most recently a Senior Advisor in Science Policy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He worked to establish the AAAS Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues (EPI Center); to make AAAS a more-effective force for science advocacy; and to connect science, the public, and public policy.

He joined AAAS in February 2017 after 8 years as Assistant Director for Federal Research and Development and Senior Advisor for the National Science and Technology Council at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

Before joining OSTP in February 2009, he served as the Director of the R&D Budget and Policy Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

He received his M.A. from the Center for International Science, Technology, and Public Policy program at the George Washington University (where he served as an instructor), and received his B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Boston University. He is from Columbus, Ohio. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


What are you most proud of in your work or life?

In my work, I am most proud of helping to double the numbers of Graduate Research Fellowships the National Science Foundation awards each year.

What are your passions and hobbies?

I love traveling to meet people, see new things, experience music, and eat great food.

Do you have a personal motto or other words to live by?

“You’ll find, my friend, that what you love will take you places you never dreamed you’d go.” – Tony Kushner, Angels in America

Favorite snack food?

Torilla chips, I guess.