Brandon Jones is the Program Director for the education and diversity efforts in the National Science Foundation’s Geosciences Directorate. Brandon joined NSF after serving almost 13 years as a grants and fellowships Program Manager at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). His portfolio included most of EPA’s higher education training efforts and professional development programs. Brandon also served as a Research Action Plan Project lead in EPA’s Office of Research and Development’s Sustainable and Healthy Communities Program and the EPA representative for the Federal Committee on STEM (the strategic planning task force under the White House’s Committee on STEM effort).
At NSF, he oversees programs that focus on undergraduate and graduate workforce preparation for the Geosciences and is involved in initiatives related to increasing diversity, inclusion and belonging in STEM.
Brandon received a BA in biology from The Lincoln University (PA) in 1991 and his MS & PhD degrees in Marine Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment in 1994 and 2003 respectfully. He taught five years of high school science in the interim between his MS and PhD matriculation.
Brandon is the recipient of the 2014 Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement from the University of Delaware. He has been an active mentor in several programs that focus on support and professional development for under-represented students interested in STEM.