Director of External Relations
Laurie Chong is the Molecular Foundry’s Director of External Relations. In this role, Dr. Chong leads strategic initiatives as well as facilitates internal and external communications to promote the Foundry’s mission and showcase its accomplishments to the DOE, Congress, the nanoscience research community and the public. Before joining the Foundry, Dr. Chong worked in Washington D.C. for Congressman Mike Honda as a AAAS Congressional Science and Technology Policy Fellow. Her portfolio included supporting the Congressman’s role on the committee responsible for funding the Department of Energy, as well as all issues pertaining to energy, environment, clean technologies, water, oceans, natural resources, climate change, and the postal system.
Dr. Chong received her Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of Southern California, and spent significant time performing field research related to climate change in the Amazon while also spearheading a high school research program at the university. Her education and outreach experience also includes teaching ocean science, marine management, and policy aboard the Sailing Yacht Argo in the South Pacific.