Dr. Knatokie Ford is currently a Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). In 2014, founded Fly Sci Enterprise, LLC, a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and media consulting organization. In 2014, founded Fly Sci Enterprise, LLC, a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and media consulting organization. Prior to launching her consulting firm, Dr. Ford served as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow where she worked with the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) at OSTP from 2012-2014. In this capacity, Dr. Ford helped drive the work of the Council by managing concurrent projects on education technology and improving the Nation’s health care system. In addition to her work with PCAST, Dr. Ford was an asset to OSTP’s STEM inclusion team. In 2014, she helped organize OSTP’s “week of action” for Black History Month, which included a workshop, Google+ Hangout, and a visit to a historically black college by President Obama’s Science Advisor, John P. Holdren. Prior to coming to OSTP, Dr. Ford was a postdoctoral research fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA.
“To be a scientist is to be a highly curious and creative person. It means you like to ask interesting and challenging questions to better understand the world around you."
She completed her PhD in Experimental Pathology at Harvard University in the lab of Dr. Patricia D'Amore where she studied age-related macular degeneration (AMD). While at Harvard, Dr. Ford was highly involved in several forms of educational outreach, including mentoring, motivational speaking, recruiting, and student group leadership. She also spent one and a half years living in Los Angeles where she had the opportunity to work as a background actress in television and film and serve as a long-term substitute teacher in an underserved community in South Central Los Angeles. Dr. Ford received a BS/MS in Chemistry/Biological Chemistry from Clark Atlanta University. Her combined experiences as a teacher, biomedical scientist, and policy analyst have spurred a passion for increasing public understanding of science and diversity within STEM careers.