Dr. Avital Percher is a AAAS Science and Technology Fellow in the Office of the Director at the National Science Foundation. He obtained his Ph.D. at the lab of Chemical Biology and Microbial Pathogenesis at the Rockefeller University, focusing on the molecular mechanisms of anti-viral host defense proteins. While there, he became fascinated with how policy affects the interface between the scientific enterprise and society. He co-hosted a science policy podcast called Science Soapbox as well as helped found the student and postdoc-run Science and Education Policy Association (SEPA). He is a co-founder, and Director of Partnerships for the National Science Policy Network, a grassroots non-profit that helps to support and foster science policy groups nationwide.