Miriam Quintal uses her scientific training, ability to analyze complex issues and skill at relationship building to manage several federal relations portfolios for large academic institutions, scientific societies and facility management organizations. Ms. Quintal also leads the firm’s efforts in computing and computational science, materials research, astronomy and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. Her advocacy successes have included: shepherding large scale science projects through the appropriations process, restoring funding for key programs proposed to be eliminated in the President’s budget request and creating opportunities with the White House for clients to showcase their research and leadership in Administration initiative areas. Ms. Quintal uses her understanding of both science and federal policymaking to help clients navigate the research landscape and advance their policy goals at agencies such as: the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of Defense (DOD) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She works closely with partners in higher education associations and scientific policy coalitions, including a leadership role in the Association of American Universities (AAU) Innovation Task Force, organizing community advocacy surrounding NSF.
Before joining Lewis-Burke, Ms. Quintal gained policy experience as a Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the Board on Science Education at the National Academy of Sciences. At the Academies, she contributed to several projects, including a review of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s education programs and a study of gaming and simulations for science education.
Ms. Quintal is a member of the Association for Women in Science and is featured in the American Chemical Society Chemists in the Real World College to Career site. She is also deeply engaged in her community, serving as a founding trustee and coordinator for Minyan Segulah, a local independent prayer community, and volunteering with Jews United for Justice, which aims to advocate for local policies that improve the lives of disadvantaged residents of DC and Maryland.
Ms. Quintal holds a Masters in organic chemistry from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts with highest honors in chemistry from Smith College. She has been a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a Fulbright Fellow.