Anita Eisenstadt is a Senior Foreign Affairs Officer in the State Department’s Office of Science and Technology Cooperation. Anita formulates U.S. foreign policy on science, technology, and innovation and promotes international science and technology cooperation with Western Europe. She negotiates and manages our bilateral science and technology agreements with the Western Europe, including the European Union. She also serves as the Senior Officer for the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and leads U.S. delegations to the OECD Committee on Science and Technology Policy and its Working Party on Biotechnology. Anita serves as the State Department expert on biotechnology, information policy, and science and technology for homeland security. She represents the State Department on the U.S.-EU Task Force on Biotechnology, the U.S. National Committee to CODATA, the National Science and Technology Council’s Subcommittees on Biotechnology and Homeland Security and NSTC’s Interagency Working Group on Digital Data.
Prior to joining the State Department, Anita served as Assistant General Counsel at the National Science Foundation for fourteen years. She served as NSF’s lead attorney on international, environmental, Antarctic, legislative, and research compliance matters. She established a Special Deputy U.S. Marshal Program in Antarctica, an Antarctic Environmental Law Enforcement Program, co-drafted the Federal research misconduct policy, and chaired NSF’s Committee on Environmental Matters which ensured that NSF-funded activities complied with the National Environmental Policy Act. At the Foundation, Anita served on U.S. delegations to the United Nations International Maritime Organization, the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society, and the Antarctic Treaty System.
Anita also served as a Senior Marketing Attorney for Volkswagen of America, Inc. where she was responsible for Volkswagen’s national advertising program, provided advice to seven regional marketing offices, and managed franchise litigation across the U.S. Anita earned a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School, where she was a member of the Law Review, and a Bachelors Degree from the University of Michigan, where she majored in Asian Studies and Anthropology.