Dr. Frances Colón is the CEO of Jasperi Consulting, a boutique firm that provides science, environment and technology policy advice to higher education institutions and local policy-makers. She is the former Deputy Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State (2012-2017) where she promoted the integration of science and technology into foreign policy priorities. In her role as science diplomat, Dr. Colón led re-engagement of scientific collaboration with Cuba and coordinated climate change policy for the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas announced by President Obama. Dr. Colón is the founder of Cenadores Puerto Rico, a non-profit that provides a platform for Puerto Rican diaspora to contribute time and connections to strengthen civil society on the Island. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Cenadores became a go-to for connecting experts, donors and policy-makers assisting Puerto Rico. In 2016, Dr. Colón was named one of the 20 most influential Latinos in technology by CNET and was a 2015-2016 Google Science Fair judge. Dr. Colón earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2004 from Brandeis University and her B.S. in Biology in 1997 from the University of Puerto Rico.