Public Policy Committee

OSA Public Policy Committee

Public Policy Committee
OSA Public Policy Committee members at the 2009 OSA Winter Leadership Meeting in Washington, D.C.

The OSA Public Policy Committee focuses its efforts on promoting the importance of basic research and federal R&D funding and raising awareness of optics and photonics among key Congressional offices. Following are the Committee's current responsibilities:

  • Oversee OSA's public policy program, including member education, congressional/agency relationships and coalition building
  • Oversee OSA's efforts to educate the public on science and technology policy issues
  • Advise the OSA Board of Directors on public policy positions
  • Advise the OSA Board of Directors on legislative, regulatory and funding areas warranting OSA attention
  • Oversee selection of OSA/MRS and Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellows

Optical Society 2014 Public Policy Committee



Adam Zysk, Chair
Diagnostic Photonics, Inc.


Michael Mielke, Chair-elect
Raydiance Inc


Amy Eskilson
Inrad Optics


Christoph Harder
Harder and Partner


James Kafka
Newport Corporation


Matthew Weed
Open Photonics Inc


Jennifer Decker
Embassy of Canada


Charles Falco
University of Arizona


Chris Schaffer
Cornell University


Rob Saunders, Congressional Fellowship Selection Committee Liaison
National Institutes of Health


OSA Staff Liaisons

  • Elizabeth Rogan, Executive Director
    Phone: +1 202.416.1484
  • Laura Kolton, Director of Government Affairs
    Phone: +1 202.416.1499
  • Brandy Dillingham Government Relations Specialist
  • Phone: +1 202.416.1409

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