The National Coordinating Office for Networking and Information Research and Development (NITRD) proudly announces #WomenInNITRD to recognize the women in our organization who strengthen the Federal science and technology research organizations through their leadership, passion, and fortitude. This webpage is being launched as part of National Women’s History Month, which traces its origins back to women protesting for better working conditions in 1857, the advent of the International Women’s Day in 1909, and National Women’s History Week established by Congress in 1981 (P.L. No: 97-28) and expanded in 1987 (P.L. No: 100-9) to the month of March.

Standing on the shoulders of women of previous generations, women in NITRD have been able to overcome difficult cultural and social barriers to sit in the classroom and at the conference table, raise families, build careers, and provide senior-level leadership in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). We offer this recognition and appreciation, knowing that girls of today will see women in NITRD as role models who worked hard and chose demanding fields of study and research to help improve our world and help address the challenges of our Nation.

Whether a former or current Director, Subcommittee member, Interagency Working Group representative, or a new participant, all the individuals featured contribute to the diversity of perspectives and skills that help build a vibrant organization. Their leadership and experience helped build a strong venue for interagency communication and cooperation in important research areas such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, high performance computing, and wireless spectrum. They continue to bring fresh energy and ideas that keeps NITRD moving forward.

Today, and each week in March, we will be highlighting a group of women who help make NITRD a success. We start today with the women of the NITRD Subcommittee. The following are senior representatives from NITRD member agencies and departments including representatives from the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The Subcommittee meets regularly and interacts routinely with Congress, OMB, OSTP, and the Federal agencies with budgets and interests in IT R&D. Please take a moment to find out more about these amazing individuals by going to

Women of the NITRD Subcommittee:

Tali Bar-Shalom, OMB
Joan S. Cleveland, ONR
France A. Córdova, NSF
Christine Dymek, HHS/AHRQ
Susan Gregurick, NIH/NIGMS/OD
Carol Hawk, DOE/CESER
Barbara Helland, DOE/ASCR
Thuc T. Hoang, DOE/NNSA
Chun-Ju (Janey) Hsiao, HHS/AHRQ
Chloé Kontos, OSTP
Lynne Parker, OSTP
Nora Pasion, Army/C3I
Kamie Roberts, NCO/NITRD
Ceren Susut, DOE/ASCR
Elham Tabassi, NIST/ITL
Teresa Cabán, HHS/ONC