Appointed as Program Manager, Center for Genetics and Society


Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows

PhD field of study

PhD, Anthropology and Folklore, University of Pennsylvania

Position Description

For 15 years, the Center for Genetics and Society (CGS) has led the way in public interest efforts to reclaim human biotechnologies for the common good. CGS is a nonprofit organization based in Berkeley, California, and is fiscally sponsored by the Tides Center. We work with a growing network of scholars across a range of disciplines; with scientists, health professionals, legal experts, and policy analysts; and with advocates across a range of civil society sectors (reproductive health, rights, and justice; racial justice; disability rights; environmentalism; and others). Our work includes building collaborative relationships within this network, a comprehensive communications program, policy advocacy, and advocacy-oriented research.

The Project Manager will plan, coordinate, and implement a range of organizational programs related to the social justice, human rights, and public interest implications of human genetic and assisted reproductive technologies. Key areas of responsibility will include public and civil society awareness campaigns, strategic communications efforts involving both traditional and social media, and policy advocacy. The Program Manager’s assignments will involve program and campaign planning; organizational and program message development; public speaking; and research, writing and production of materials including reports, policy memos, op-eds, and other commentaries. During the second year in this position, the Program Manager will assume additional organizational responsibility, including primary responsibility for particular program activities within the general field of human biotechnologies. This work will include evaluating program initiatives already underway within designated issue areas; and developing and managing new strategic initiatives, policy interventions, communications efforts, and collaborative relationships in those issue areas. The Project Manager will work with staff, fellows, and interns, and report to the Executive Director