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Our People

Note to 48 in 48: I will try and get you all pictures of us for this. The purpose of this page is to show our leadership team.

Louis Kiphen, President / BOD – A graduate of the University of Texas with a degree in Electrical Engineering. His past experience includes systems engineering in both the private sector and in civil service with the U.S. Air Force. He is currently a Software Design Engineer at SAP engaged in services innovation and data science projects. He helped found Science for Georgia to improve awareness of the historic improvements in quality of life driven by evidence-based policy, to highlight where policy makers have fallen short, and to create discussions around what we can do right now to implement better evidence-based policy.

Amy Sharma, PhD, Vice President / BOD – Amy is a biomedical engineer, with a PhD in radiation physics. Amy has had a passion for science education and outreach her entire career, from building summer STEM camps at Duke and organizing outreach for WIE Atlanta and ACSF Perth. She has been a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, deputy chief scientist and big data branch head at Georgia Tech Research Institute, and product manager at several Atlanta start-ups.

Brandy E. Wade, PhD, Secretary / BOD – Brandy graduated from Emory University with a PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology. She is a postdoctoral research fellow at Emory University where she studies intestinal immunity. She is passionate about science communication and helping to take technology from the research lab to the clinic where they can best help people. She helped found Science for Georgia with the hope of encouraging communication between scientists and policy makers because policy built on unbiased evidence is the foundation of effective change that is in the public interest.

Priya E. D’Souza, MPH, Assistant Secretary / BOD – Priya has a Master of Public Health degree in Environmental Health and currently manages an analytical chemistry laboratory at Emory University, developing methods and assessing human exposures to commonly used chemicals. Her professional interests lie in diminishing health disparities and environmental exposures, particularly to developmental and reproductive toxicants. She chose to join Science for Georgia because science is fundamental to our success and survival on this planet. We must advocate for evidence-based decision making and show the world that science is an essential part of our daily lives and benefits all of us, regardless of affiliation or background.

Catherine Nguyen, MPH, Treasurer – Catherine holds a master of public health in global epidemiology from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. She recently completed a fellowship at the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Previously, she served as a health educator with the Peace Corps in Cameroon.