Clifford J. Gabriel has over 30 years of research and science policy experience.  He has served in senior Federal positions at the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and the Department of Agriculture (USDA).  He also held positions at the American Institute for Biological Sciences (AIBS) and the National Research Council (NRC). 

Dr. Gabriel was Senior Advisor at the NSF in the Office of Director where he led the development of the Foundation’s previous two strategic plans, co-chaired the interagency working group dedicated to reducing administrative burden associated with federal research grants, and co-chaired the working group that developed NSF’s public access plan; 

At EPA, he was the Director of the Office of Science Coordination and Policy where he oversaw the development of biotechnology regulations and the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program.

He was the Deputy Associate Director for Science for OSTP and worked in numerous policy areas ranging from agriculture to Gulf Way Veterans’ Illnesses to the partnership between the Federal government and research universities.

Earlier in his career, he was Executive Director at AIBS; Research Plant Pathologist with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service; Principal Plant Pathologist with the Cooperative State Research Service; and a Senior Program Officer with NRC’s Board on Basic Biology.

Dr. Gabriel was a member of the Senior Executive Service for 20 years and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He received his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1984.