We are at the center of AMS science policy and advocacy efforts to ensure sustainable, healthy growth in science research and education funding.
The AMS is represented in Washington by Karen Saxe, Associate Executive Director and Director of the Office of Government Relations (OGR), as well as Anita Benjamin, Office of Government Relations Assistant Director and Paula Olugbemi, Assistant to the Associate Executive Director.
The Office of Government Relations represents the AMS in science policy discussions at the federal level. Advocacy for Congressional support of research funding and around other policies that affect the profession is our central effort. We work with federal agencies, legislative staffs, professional societies, and Washington-centered policy action groups to advance AMS policy priorities. In our communications, we provide support and advice to the AMS, its members, and the larger mathematics community about federal government actions and opportunities.
Critical to the work of the OGR is the development and maintenance of relationships with government agencies, professional organizations, the Washington offices of universities, coalitions, and the Washington offices of business and industry. OGR activities strengthen the involvement of mathematics in science policy considerations, and simultaneously support mathematicians at all stages of their mathematical careers.
As part of the overall AMS effort to share information with graduate students about employment opportunities outside of academia, the OGR helps bring discussion of careers in business, industry and government (BIG) to the Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM). The office also helps bring mathematicians—including those early in their careers— to Congress, as Congressional Fellows, as CASE Fellows, and as part of the annual Coalition for National Science Funding Exhibition. Experiences for early career mathematicians in Washington both support our goals of advancing public policy and introducing mathematicians to career opportunities in government.