Adriana Bankston works on building a robust STEM workforce through research, training, policy and advocacy.


Adriana has worked to foster the future of U.S. science and technology by supporting the next generation of scientists in their research endeavors through non-profit organizations and scientific societies, including currently as a Senior Fellow in Science Policy at Federation of American Scientists, and previously through the National Postdoctoral Association, American Society for Cell Biology, Future of Research and Society for Neuroscience.


Additionally, Adriana has facilitated substantial engagement for early career scientists in science policy and advocacy through non-profit organizations such as the STEM Advocacy Institute and as a fellow with Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS), as well as many universities including the University of California System and Arizona State University.


UC graduate student CASE delegates meet with Senator Feinstein’s staff


Adriana continues to highlight the importance of federally funded research in society and engage early career researchers in science policy through innovative programs and tools with non-profit organizations, including as a Senior Fellow in Civic Science & Public Policy with Sigma Xi, Strategic Advisor and immediate past CEO & Managing Publisher of the Journal of Science Policy & Governance, and part of the AAAS Section X Steering Group.


Adriana is also Founder & CEO of Bankston Policy Consulting LLC, a consulting firm that works to build a strong STEM workforce through policy change in the science, technology and innovation ecosystem and empower students and early career researchers to impact policy at all levels of government.


Over the years, Adriana has spoken at several national and international conferences and workshops, including at the British Embassy, UNESCO, NASEM and AAAS CASE. She has given a number of oral and written interviews. Her work in the field has appeared in several writing outlets such as Issues in Science & Technology, Inside Higher Ed and the Union of Concerned Scientists Blog.

In recognition of her contributions to workforce development in research, higher education and science policy, Adriana received a number of honors and awards, including the inaugural ARIS Emerging Broader Impacts Leader Award, and Top 20 in 2022 Award For Excellence in Advocacy from The Advocacy Association.


Adriana earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology from Emory University. Connect with Adriana on Twitter and LinkedIn.