Policy Studies awarded prestigious presidential fellowship

Harron,-SeanSean Herron, who received his BA in Policy Studies in 2011, has been named a Presidential Innovation Fellow (PIF), a program established in 2012 that pairs top innovators from the private sector, non-profits, and academia with top innovators in government.   Herron will spend the next 12 months working in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President, focusing on creating systems to enable greater public access to clinical trial and pharmaceutical adverse effect data from the Food and Drug Administration. He is part of the Open Data Initiatives project, intended to accelerate and expand efforts to make government information resources more publicly accessible in “computer-readable” form and to spur the use of those data by entrepreneurs as fuel for the creation of new products, services, and jobs.

Herron is a digital strategist, web developer, and policy expert dedicated to creating easier ways for citizens to interact with their government. Most recently, he worked in the Open Innovation Office at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, where he spearheaded open-data and open-source initiatives for the agency and helped create the International Space Apps Challenge, a global hackathon that aims to solve some of the most critical issues facing space exploration. Herron has a passion for web standards and responsive design, and he frequently works with organizations around the world to help them communicate with their audiences more effectively.