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The Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) recently announced the appointment of Wendy A. Naus as the next COSSA Executive Director. Naus’ new position began on January 1, 2014. She replaced Howard J. Silver, who retired from COSSA at the end of 2013 after 30 years of service to the social science community (see page 1 of this issue).
Naus comes to COSSA from Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC, a Washington, DC, lobbying firm where, since 2004, she represented the federal policy and research interests of national scientific associations and leading U.S. research universities. Over the last decade, Naus has worked to promote federal policies and legislation important to social and behavioral scientists, advocated for sustained funding for social science research and training programs at the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and other federal agencies as well as engaged with Congress, federal agencies, and the broader scientific community to promote the value of federally funded social science. In addition to her policy expertise in social science, Naus’ knowledge extends to federal policy and research programs related to biomedical research and environmental science across the federal government.
Naus has achieved several legislative, regulatory, and profile-raising successes on behalf of clients, including, most recently, the creation and funding of a new $10 million training grants program at the Department of Health and Human Services aimed at increasing the number of competently prepared health professionals working in the area of mental health. She has worked to engage scientists directly in the public policy process by facilitating grassroots advocacy campaigns and identifying opportunities for researchers to serve as experts, such as opportunities to provide testimony and serve on influential federal boards and committees. In addition, Naus has designed and implemented countless advocacy training programs focused on assisting researchers in developing messages that will resonate with policy audiences about the importance of their science.
A native of Buffalo, NY, Naus holds a BA in political science and urban studies from Canisius College, graduating magna cum laude.