PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Amy B. Carroll, formerly a staff adviser to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Me.) and staff member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, has joined the staff of Brown University as director of government relations and community affairs in the Office of Public Affairs and University Relations.
As director, Carroll will be the University’s primary liaison with officials and agencies at the federal level, and will represent the University on several national associations of which Brown is a member. She will also oversee the office that extends and supports the University’s relationships with elected officials and government agencies at the city, state and federal levels as well as with communities from the University’s East Side neighbors to residents throughout the state.
“Amy Carroll arrives at Brown with a very strong Capitol Hill background and a thorough understanding of higher education, particularly the federal funding of research,” said Marisa Quinn, vice president for public affairs and University relations, to whom Carroll will report. “She is a microbiologist and environmental engineer by training, and she has been a trusted staff member for elected officials and committees in the U.S. House and Senate. I am delighted that she is joining the public affairs team at Brown.”
Carroll begins her work at Brown on Dec. 1, 2010. Al Dahlberg, who assisted in filling this vacancy during the last five months, will continue as director of state and community relations.
A graduate of Notre Dame (B.S. with honors, biochemistry, 1996), Carroll earned a Ph.D. in microbiology and environmental engineering at Cornell University in 2002. She was selected by the American Society of Microbiology to serve as a AAAS Congressional Science Fellow, working full-time at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science.
Carroll remained on Capitol Hill after the one-year AAAS fellowship. From 2003 to 2005, she worked with the House Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Environment, Technology and Standards, organizing hearings, drafting legislation, tracking budgets for NOAA, EPA and other agencies, and representing the subcommittee chair at various public discussions and workshops. She became staff director for the subcommittee in 2005.
In 2007, Carroll began her current position in the office of Sen. Susan M. Collins (R-Me.) and the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, advising Collins on energy, environment, and science issues, organizing visits by Cabinet officials to various sites in Maine, and organizing hearings about energy commodities markets, energy independence, and the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.