Lori Arguelles Joins COMPASS Science Communication as Director of Policy Engagement

Contact: Dr. Amanda Stanley, COMPASS Executive Director, amanda.stanley@COMPASSscicomm.org

February 11, 2019—Today, Dr. Amanda Stanley, Executive Director of COMPASS Science Communication, announced that Lori Arguelles will be joining the COMPASS team as Director of Policy Engagement in the Silver Spring, MD office.


"I'm honored to join the incredible and impactful COMPASS team. There's never been a more important time to focus on science-based decision making and I look forward to supporting scientists as they become ever more active and involved in solving the complex environmental challenges we collectively face,” Arguelles said.


Arguelles will be coming to COMPASS from the Alice Ferguson Foundation, a nonprofit in Accokeek, Maryland that promotes the sustainability of the Potomac River through environmental education and outreach programs, where she has served as the President and CEO since 2011.


“I am delighted to have Lori join COMPASS as our new Director of Policy Engagement. Lori is a skilled communicator, a natural networker, and is well-versed in the science-policy interface. She’s a seasoned leader in various settings, from non-profits to NOAA, and will bring her experience and knowledge of the worlds of policy, science, and media to guide and inform our work in D.C. and beyond,” said Stanley.


Prior to leading the Alice Ferguson Foundation, Arguelles served as the Vice President of Media and Policy Strategy for marine conservation non-profit SeaWeb, and was the founding President and CEO of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Arguelles also served as Director of Communications for Girl Scouts of the USA, and as Director of Public and Constituent Affairs for the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


Arguelles started her professional career as a radio reporter, and has worked for several local and national outlets as an anchor, reporter, and producer. Arguelles has also served as press secretary for two members of Congress. She earned her undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism and political science from Northern Arizona University and her master’s degree in public communication from American University.


To learn more about Arguelles, please visit our blog.

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