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Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Assistant Director, National Science Foundation

Joan Ferrini-Mundy is the National Science Foundation’s assistant director who leads NSF’s Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR), a position she has held since February 2011. Ferrini-Mundy is responsible for setting the vision and establishing the mission of EHR, whose budget in FY2012 was more than $800 million, with a staff of more than 150 people. She serves as a member of the NSF senior management team and is involved in strategic planning and direction for the scientific and education mission of the NSF. Ferrini-Mundy’s current activities include a government-wide performance management effort; a leadership role in defining the NSF’s budget priorities for FY 2013 and 2014; and an ongoing collaboration with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in developing a government-wide strategic plan for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development. From 2007 through January 2011, she was an NSF member of the National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC) Subcommittee on Education of the Committee on Science, and currently serves on two task forces of the new NSTC Committee on STEM Education. Ferrini-Mundy is currently a member of the Mathematics Expert Group of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). In 2007–2008, representing the NSF, she served as an ex-officio member of the President’s National Mathematics Advisory Panel. She has served on the Board of Directors of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and on the Board of Governors of the Mathematical Association of America. Ferrini-Mundy holds a PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of New Hampshire. Ferrini-Mundy holds an appointment at Michigan State University (MSU) as a University Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education in the Departments of Mathematics and Teacher Education.