Sharon L. Hays is Vice President, Office of Science and Engineering, at CSC. In this role, Dr. Hays coordinates science and engineering activities across NPS and helps develop new growth opportunities in key areas, such as climate change science and engineering. Prior to joining CSC, Dr. Hays served in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) as the Deputy Director for Science and, after confirmation by the U.S. Senate in September, 2006, as Associate Director. In these roles, she led the strategic direction for all OSTP activities related to a range of science initiatives and advised White House offices on environmental and security policies. She also led the U.S. delegation to the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Dr. Hays served previously as OSTP's Chief of Staff, where she oversaw operations including the office's legislative, public affairs, international and legal activities, security operations and administration.
Dr. Hays was the Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Research of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science. Prior to her promotion to Staff Director, Dr. Hays worked as a professional staff member, first for the Basic Research Subcommittee and subsequently for the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics. Dr. Hays is an active member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy where she helped develop the Science Committee's report to congress entitled Unlocking Our Future: Toward a New National Science Policy. She has also served on the Board of Directors for Women in Aerospace. She has received the Public Leadership Education Network Mentor Award and was recently recognized as the “2010 Women Worth Watching” by Diversity Journal magazine
Dr. Hays worked as a research assistant at the University of Southern California and then attended graduate school in biochemistry at Stanford University, where she studied in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Paul Berg and received her Ph.D. in 1997. Dr. Hays also holds a B.A. in Molecular Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Hays lives with her husband in Virginia, where she serves as a search and rescue dog handler and is Past President and Training Director of DOGS-East , an all-volunteer group dedicated to helping find lost and missing persons.