Science Policy Office - About Us

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Karl AndersonKarl Anderson, Director of Government Relations

Karl Anderson is the Washington, DC-based Director of Government Relations for the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America. Anderson most recently served as Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), where he oversaw the day-to-day advocacy and grassroots efforts of the association and communicated its federal policy priorities to Congress and the Administration.

Before joining NACD, Anderson held several positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Most notably he served as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) where he directed all interactions between Congress and NOAA and served as the Agency’s chief negotiator with Congress, the White House and other departments on legislative matters. In his various roles at Commerce, Anderson advised the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on issues regarding NOAA, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and National Institute of Standards and Technology. Prior to his work with NOAA and the Commerce Department, Anderson worked on Capitol Hill for six years. He served as Legislative Director to Representative George Nethercutt, Jr. (R-Wash.). In this capacity, Anderson developed the legislative agenda and strategy for a Member serving on the Appropriations and Science Committees.

He also served as Senior Legislative Assistant to Representative Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) and was responsible for advising him on policy matters concerning appropriations, energy, natural resources, and the environment.

Anderson is a native of Idaho and has a B.S. degree in biology from Idaho State University. | 202-408-5382


bethany johnsBethany Johns, Science Policy Manager

Dr. Bethany R Johns is the Science Policy Manager for American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America. Bethany worked as a science policy consultant to the Commercial Space Flight Federation, the premier trade association of over 40 businesses at the forefront of commercial aerospace, to identify new business in the scientific research sector. Prior to this she spent two years in the American Astronomical Society’s public policy office and was successful in securing millions of federal dollars appropriated for the space sciences.

Her management and communications experience includes: Creating and managing a thriving federal and local grassroots advocacy program designed to work with association members to effectively communicate with policy makers; Interacting with a broad range of news media through blogs, social media, and featured on National Public Radio.; and Successfully leading a coalition, working with Congressional leaders, and drafting legislation to secure millions of federal dollars appropriated for spaces sciences.

Bethany obtained her Ph.D. in Physics from Clemson University with an emphasis in policy studies and a B.A. in Physics from Kenyon College. Follow @DrBethanyJohns on Twitter. | 202-408-4781


Julie McClureJulie McClure, Science Policy Manager

Julie McClure is the Washington, DC-based Science Policy Manager for the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America. McClure comes to the Societies after serving as the Science Policy Fellow for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. As ASBMB’s policy fellow, she reported on science policy news, monitored and analyzed relevant legislation and coordinated ASBMB’s bi-annual Hill Days.

She received her B.S. in biology and secondary science and math teaching from Florida State University in 2004 and went on to work at the National Institutes of Health as a Postbaccalaureate Fellow. In 2011, Julie received her Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the University of Virginia. Her thesis work focused on lifespan extension in budding yeast.

As the Science Policy Manager, McClure acts as a liaison between the research community, science-funding agencies and members of Congress to advocate for research funding. Hear about the latest science policy news by following Julie on Twitter (@McClurePhD). | 202-735-5904