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Office Head of the Office of Information and Resource Management

photo of Dr. Joanne S. Tornow
Dr. Joanne S. Tornow
Office Head

Dr. Joanne Tornow was appointed in December 2014 as the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Chief Human Capital Officer and Office Head, Information and Resource Management, overseeing information technology, human resource management, and administrative services.

Dr. Tornow joined NSF in September 1999 as a Program Director in the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB), Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) and eventually served as the Deputy Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE). Since joining NSF, Dr. Tornow has served with distinction in multiple program and leadership positions, including Program Director in BIO/MCB, Staff Associate in the Office of the Director, Senior Advisor in BIO/OAD, Acting Division Director in BIO/MCB, Acting Executive Officer in BIO/OAD, and as the Acting Assistant Director for SBE.

Prior to joining NSF, Dr. Tornow served as Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi, spent a year in the U.S. Senate and a year at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship. She has a BA in Biology from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in Genetics from Yale University.