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 2013 Public Policy Committee



Adam Zysk, Chair
Diagnostic Photonics, Inc.


Greg Quarles, Past Chair
Illinois Institute of Technology


Jennifer Decker
Embassy of Canada


Charles Falco
University of Arizona


Christoph Harder
Harder and Partner


James D. Kafka
Newport Corporation


Michael Mielke


Amy Eskilson
Photonics Products Group Inc


Matthew Weed
University of Central Florida


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

          Sarah Cogan, Government Relations Specialist
          Phone: +1 202.416.1409 


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