Meet ORAU Employee Alexis Bryant. Alexis is an ORAU contractor working at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington D.C., where she provides administrative support for the Office of Science Advisor, Policy, and Engagement (OSAPE).
As an EPA contractor, Alexis contributes to various internal office initiatives and projects to support the OSAPE. With her team, she updates and edits the EPA intranet (internal) Human Subjects Research and Science and Technology Policy Council web areas and the EPA internet (public) Citizen Science, Environmental Measurements and Modeling, Innovation, and Science Advisor Programs web areas. Maintaining these outlets allows the agency to remain transparent and disseminate relevant information to stakeholders and the general population. Additionally, she prepares official governmental correspondence including technical reports, letters, and memos for routing and signature or for mailing.
While at EPA, Alexis has enhanced her administrative skills by managing calendars and scheduling meetings for executive level personnel, completing supply order documentation, and preparing records for storage. She has also had the opportunity to attend meetings and publish minutes for the Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board and Subcommittee on Open Science. Her ultimate goal is to become an Environmental Health Specialist, living up to her name meaning “defender [of the earth]” and the values of her native people, the Piscataway Conoy.
Alexis, a first generation college student, completed her B.S. and M.S. in Environmental Management and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland, University College.
Her previous experience includes volunteering at the Chesapeake Conservation Corp and spending two summers as an Environmental Science intern at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where she conducted an environmental research project on how biomedical research operations impact the quantity of pollutants in the wastewater. She presented this research at a national conference held by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.
When she isn’t working, Alexis collects cacti and succulents. She also enjoys drawing, painting (with acrylic), and dancing (at Zumba class or using a Wii).
The EPA NSSC is a program managed by ORAU and contractors working under the NSSC become long-term temporary employees of ORAU while contributing to the EPA mission. For more details, www.orau.org/epa.