Profiling the 50 Most: Lori Perine

Lori Perine is an advisor and co-founder of and a principal of Interpretech.   She is on the planning committee for The Green Economy Conference:

Lori A. Perine, Advisor and Co-Founder,

Aligning Science, Education, and Markets at National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) and was a Member, Tech, Innovation, & Gov’t Reform Policy Working Group at Presidential Transition Team.

She has been Vice President, US Government Affairs at ALSTOM; Executive Director, Policy Analysis & Research at American Forest & Paper Association and Executive Director of the forest products industry’s technological alliance known as Agenda 2020.

She served in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) from February 1997 to 2001, rising to the position of deputy associate director of technology.

At OSTP, Perine was a senior adviser on technology issues and oversaw national policy and research initiatives in information technology, nanotechnology, transportation and energy. She helped gain support for federal R&D initiatives in industry, academia and Congress and worked closely with the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee and the President’s Committee of Advisers on Science and Technology.

Translating R&D developments into national priorities often involved explaining emerging technologies and their impact on citizens’ lives. “One of the problems of science and technology policy today is that it’s very difficult for the scientific community to get the rest of the world to understand what it’s talking about and why it’s important,” she says. Her position required an understanding of the total science and technology enterprise — “from R&D to commercialization,” she notes. “You have to be aware of the entire context, and you have to be able to talk to a lot of people.”

Perine previously was senior policy adviser for technology to the Secretary of Commerce and a senior economist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Before her government service, she worked at the World Bank, where she focused on energy policy.