Dr. Steph Guerra is a biomedical research scientist currently working at the Office of Research and Development at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow. Her work at the VA focuses on building research and clinical infrastructure to drive research impacts and to support Veterans’ access to opioids management and precision oncology care. Prior to her time with the VA, Steph served as a Mirzayan Science Policy Fellow at the National Academies of Science where her projects centered on expanding the diversity, equity, and inclusion of the scientific community. Steph is a member of the inaugural Day One Project cohort, a policy proposal accelerator dedicated to democratizing the policymaking process. Her Day One policy proposal focuses on accelerating the adoption of high-quality healthcare delivery through coordination of the innovation, demonstration, and implementation authorities of the VA and Health and Human Services (HHS). Throughout her career, she has worked as a consultant for organizations dedicated to increasing the civic engagement of scientists, communicating science to various stakeholders, and developing health policy strategies. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in Biological and Biomedical Sciences and her B.S. in Biological Sciences and B.A. in Hispanic Studies from Carnegie Mellon University. Steph is excited to leverage her expertise in biomedical research and science policy to work with CSR to develop creative solutions to end the threat that bioweapons pose to our society.