Angela Bednarek, Ph.D., directs the Research Impact Project at The Pew Charitable Trusts where she oversees efforts to enhance and assess the policy relevance of Pew's environmental research investments. Her work addresses the practical challenges of developing scientific research that meaningfully informs policy and practice. This includes building capacity for scientists and decision-makers to collaborate in the development of research agendas. She regularly convenes scholars, funders, and practitioners across diverse sectors to examine practice strategies and identify critical investment needs.
Before joining Pew, Bednarek was a foreign affairs officer and AAAS diplomacy fellow at the U.S. Department of State in the Office of Environmental Policy. While at the State Department, she was responsible for negotiating U.S. positions on the Global Environmental Facility, OECD, the environmental impacts of World Bank projects, and international chemicals agreements. In addition, she served as the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Dams and Development Project. She has also held several fellowships in environmental policy, including one at the Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York and a Morris K. Udall Fellowship in environmental public policy and conflict resolution. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and studio art from the University of Notre Dame and a doctorate in biology from the University of Pennsylvania.