Joel M Widder
Oldaker Law Group, LLP
818 Connecticut Ave NW Ste 1100
Washington, DC 20006
Joel M. Widder, an AMS Member, is a Partner in the Oldaker Law Group in Washington, D.C. He has extensive experience working with institutions of higher education as well as a variety research and education concerns where he has effectively advocated for the development and support of research grant programs, specific major research projects, and associated science and technology policy issues before the Congress and the relevant federal agencies. Before joining what is now the Oldaker Law Group in 2008, Mr. Widder was a senior Public Policy Advisor Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, where he represented the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research as well as several ocean and coastal research associations and a major public television enterprise, and assisted in representating of several major research universities including the University of Illinois, Caltech, the University of Southern California, and Rutgers University. From 1982 to 2002, Mr. Widder served in several positions at the National Science Foundation, including the Acting Director and then Deputy Director for NSF's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs, where his responsibilities included working directly with the NSF Director and the members of the National Science Board in their relations with the White House's Office of Management and Budget and Office of the Science Advisor; Congress; and the external science and engineering community. He also was responsible for developing and executing NSF's participation in the Congressional budget process and legislative oversight process. Before leaving NSF, Mr. Widder served for two years on detail to the Subcommittee on Veterans, Housing and Independent Agencies of the US Senate's Appropriations Committee, where he had responsibility for issues related to research and education, including space and environmental sciences, for NASA, NSF, EPA, and OSTP. Prior to joining the NSF in 1982, Mr. Widder worked for the US Department of Agriculture and then the US Department of Transportation as an environmental planner. Mr. Widder has a BS degree (1975) in natural resource management from the University of Maryland. He attended gratuate school at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse.