Francesca Grifo is the scientific integrity official at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and is tasked with implementing the agency's scientific integrity policy. This means she examines the processes through which science enters the decision-making process at the EPA and looks for ways to increase transparency and accountability. When previously working with the Union of Concerned Scientists, she looked at this issue across 22 federal agencies, testified on Capitol Hill, and worked to mobilize public support for independent federal science.
At Columbia University, American University, Georgetown University, and Bard College, Grifo taught courses on topics as diverse as the Hudson Valley, biodiversity, and human health. She worked on biodiversity conservation in Bulgaria, at the Agency for International Development, and at the American Museum of Natural History as the director of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation and one of the curators of their Hall of Biodiversity. At the National Institutes of Health, she ran a bioprospecting and biodiversity conservation program. In the last 20 years, she has done hundreds of media interviews with Rachel Maddow, The New York Times, Science Magazine, and others; her favorite interviews have been with NPR and the BBC.
Grifo earned a doctorate in botany from Cornell University, an AB in biology from Smith College, and is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy. She is married and lives with her husband and sons (when they are not at college), and her rescue senior black lab.