Tracy Hancock begins prestigious fellowship

Portrait of Tracy Hancock in front of American flag.
Tracy Hancock, director, Knowledge Management and Communications. Photo courtesy CB Images.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Tracy Hancock, director of Knowledge Management and Communications within Research and Development, recently started a one-year fellowship in the White House Leadership Development program. She will be a senior policy adviser at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. While there, she will lead a team focused on improving transfer of federally funded technologies from lab-to-market, one of the cross-agency priority goals under the president’s management agenda.

The development program is sponsored by the Executive Office of the President and supported by the Performance Improvement Council. It engages a diverse annual cohort of GS-15 career employees to work on the federal government’s highest priority and highest impact challenges. The program objective is to address complex, cross-agency challenges across the federal government while developing talent to build and strengthen enterprise leadership skills.

Participants in the program will develop a broad federal perspective on high-priority challenges by engaging directly with senior decision-makers, implement solutions for government-wide issues that require complex interagency collaboration, strengthen long-term strategic planning to ensure delivery of tangible results and lead efforts to implement specific administration initiatives.

The CAP goal Hancock’s team is working toward is designed to improve the transition of federally funded innovations from the laboratory to the marketplace by reducing administrative and regulatory burdens as well as increasing private-sector investment. The priority also focuses on developing and implementing more effective partnering models and technology transfer mechanisms as well as enhancing the effectiveness of transfer by improving the methods for evaluating the return on investment and economic and national security impacts of federally funded research and development.