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Kathie Bailey-Mathae

Kathie Bailey-Mathae, Director of the Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO), began her career at the National Academies in February 2005 when she joined BISO as a Program Officer. After serving as Senior Program Officer and BISO’s Deputy Director, she was appointed Director in May 2007. Her responsibilities to date have included six U.S. National Committees in math and physical sciences, as well as visa and export control policy. Prior coming to the National Academies, Ms. Bailey Mathae worked for the Association of American Universities for 14 years. Her areas of responsibility there included visa, export control, and diversity issues, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She directed the Space Science Working Group, a group of several hundred space scientists and government relations officers interested in the health of university-based space science research. Ms. Bailey Mathae also authored a report titled "Reinvigorating the Humanities: Enhancing Research and Education on Campus and Beyond," and worked on a variety of teacher education and K-12/university alignment projects. From 1984 until 1991, she worked for Congresswoman Lindy Boggs (D-LA) as associate staff for VA-HUD appropriations and special projects assistant. Ms. Bailey Mathae is active in a number of outside activities including: Clan Johnston/e in America (National Treasurer); Girl Scouts (troop leader for 10 years); the Arlington Education Fund (Board Member); Kenmore Middle School’s and Arlington County’s Reflections fine arts program (Chair and Past Co-Chair, respectively); and the Arlington Masters Swim team. Ms. Bailey Mathae has a B.A. from Milligan College and a J.D. from Tulane University.


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