Anita Krishnamurthi

Anita Krishnamurthi is a scientist and passionate advocate for equitable access to STEM education. She moved from a research career in astrophysics to one in informal STEM education after recognizing the disconnect between scientists’ joy and enthusiasm for science and the public’s disengagement from this vital enterprise. 

Anita received her PhD in astronomy from The Ohio State University and conducted her postdoctoral work at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has been immersed in science education and outreach to a wide variety of audiences for the past two decades in a range of roles - as a Program Officer in the Office on Public Understanding of Science at the National Academy of Sciences; a Program Manager at NASA Headquarters for the Science Mission Directorate’s education program; the Lead for Education and Public Outreach in the Astrophysics Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center; the John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow at the American Astronomical Society; and most recently, as Vice President for STEM Policy at the Afterschool Alliance where she launched and led the Alliance’s STEM efforts. Here, she worked at the intersection of policy, research, and partnerships with national, state and local partners to determine and support national priorities for afterschool STEM policy, research and field-support. 

Anita recently stepped down from her role at the Alliance and will be moving to the University of Cambridge, UK in September, 2016 to serve as a Senior Advisor in the Office of External Affairs and Communications.