Shimere Williams is a member of the Professional Staff of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. She staffs the Energy and Environment Subcommittee of the House Science and Technology Committee, where she works on ocean, weather, environmental, energy, and technology issues. Prior to joining the Committee, her path to a career in policy began with a dynamic experience at the National Academy of Sciences. There she completed a graduate science and technology policy fellowship with the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research in the Division on Earth and Life Studies, then succeeded with the Board on Children, Youth and Families in the Institute of Medicine and Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Dr. Williams has a B.S. degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering and a Ph.D. degree in Pharmacology/Neuropharmacology. Her doctoral research focused on the role of the dopaminergic signaling pathway underlying the maintenance phase of long-term potentiation (long-term memory).