Staff and Contact Information
Franklin Carrero-Martinez, Acting Deputy Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State
Matt Chessen, Senior Technology Policy Advisor
LaShauna Evans, Foreign Affairs Officer
Megan Frisk, Foreign Affairs Officer
Office of the Science and Technology Adviser
Room 3240, Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520
Tel: (202) 647-8725
Fax: (202) 647-5136
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Dr. Franklin Carrero-Martinez holds a B.S. in Biology, with honors from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) at Rio Piedras, a Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Neurobiology and a Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has over fifteen years of international relations, science diplomacy, science and technology policy, scientific research and teaching experience.
Dr. Carrero-Martinez’s held appointments as Associate Professor at the UPR Mayaguez, Adjunct Professor at the UPR Medical Science Campus and as Visiting Scholar at Duke, MIT and Japan’s Institute of Genetics. He had assignments in E/STAS, National Academy of Sciences and as the Acting Environment, Science, Technology and Health (ESTH) Counselor at Embassy Mexico City. After these appointments, he served for over two years as Program Director at the National Science Foundation’s Office of International Science and Engineering. There, he supported NSF’s diplomatic and representational obligations, while serving as advisor to NSF senior leadership through evaluation, planning, direction and coordination of international activities.
Dr. Carrero-Martinez manages multiple portfolios, including the science fellowship programs that bring scientific talent and expertise to the Department. In addition, he provides the Science & Technology Adviser, Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, and other senior Department officials with analysis, guidance, recommendations and strategic planning to better utilize and integrate S&T into U.S. diplomacy and foreign policy, development, and national security objectives.
Matt Chessen is a career U.S. diplomat, technologist and author who is currently serving as the Senior Technology Policy Adviser in the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State. From 2016-2017, Matt was the State Department Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the George Washington University, where he researched the international implications of artificial intelligence, computational propaganda, and cognitive security. From 2014-2016, Matt was the Coordinator for International Cyber Policy for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs where he led the regional implementation of the US International Strategy for Cyberspace.
Before joining the Foreign Service in 2004, Matt founded an ecommerce company, and worked at Razorfish, managing the strategy development, design and implementation of large corporate websites. Matt served overseas as an Economic officer in Liberia, a Consular and Pol-Mil officer in Iraq, and as a POLAD to ISAF-HQ in Afghanistan. He also worked in Washington D.C. at the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs and at the Office of eDiplomacy, where he led the implementation of an open-source, crowd-working platform for the US government called Open Opportunities.
Matt holds a J.D. from Georgetown University, and an M.B.A. and B.A. from the University of Arizona. He has earned eight honor awards for his service at the Department of State, including Superior Honor Awards for his work on the Afghan Peace Process and his efforts advancing the US International Strategy for Cyberspace. Matt has written two novels, as well as numerous nonfiction articles and fictional short stories.
LaShauna C. Evans, Ph.D. is a 2016-2017 AAAS Science and Technology Fellow servings as a Foreign Affairs Officer in STAS. She is responsible for several portfolios, including Women in STEM and Networks for Diasporas in Engineering and Science (NODES)—a partnership between the U.S. Department of State, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) that seeks to support diaspora knowledge networks. Dr. Evans obtained a B.S. in Biology from Spelman College and Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Because of her interest in obstetrical research, she studied the effect of maternal hypoxia on the fetal heart at Maryland. Before coming to the Department of State, she was a postdoctoral fellow at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where she studied the effect of maternal obesity on the placenta. Evans enthusiastically seeks to develop policies and strategies that will enhance developing scientists and innovators in the 21st century.
Dr. Megan L. Frisk is currently an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow, serving as a Foreign Affairs Officer in STAS. She works at the intersection of science and policy, focusing on emerging technologies and innovation that could have an impact on foreign policy in addition to economic, social, and political landscapes. Prior to joining the State Department, Dr. Frisk was a senior editor at Science’s sister journal, Science Translational Medicine, handling the bioengineering research and science policy articles, and the editor of Trends in Biotechnology, a Cell Press review journal. Dr. Frisk obtained a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her research focused on the development of sensing technologies for potential biological threats as well as the design of microfluidic devices for enumeration and characterization of circulating tumor cells, ultimately as a tool for clinical cancer management.