National Science Foundation
Legislative and Science Policy Analyst
Reba is an astronomer whose primary research interest was infrared and X-ray observations of X-ray binary stars – systems containing a black hole or a neutron star – in our Galaxy. After attending MIT and Oxford, she was a National Research Council Associate in the Naval Research Laboratory's Space Science Division, a UK-based support astronomer for the international Gemini Observatory, and then research faculty in Astronomy at the University of Florida. Reba entered the science policy ecosystem as the American Physical Society’s Congressional Fellow in 2014. As a policy fellow in the office of Senator Brian Schatz (Hawaii), she worked on the Senator’s education, science, space, and aviation portfolios. She then spent two years as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Office of the National Science Board (NSB), the statutory governing board and policy-making body of the National Science Foundation, and in 2017, joined the office as a permanent federal employee. She is now the (first ever!) Legislative and Science Policy Analyst for the NSB, where she specializes in Congressional relations and national science and engineering policy.