NSTA Executive Director David L. Evans
David L. Evans took the helm of NSTA as executive director on February 7, succeeding NSTA Interim Executive Director Gerry Wheeler.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Evans as a part of the NSTA team,” said NSTA President Karen L. Ostlund. “He is a prominent scientist and a distinguished and visionary leader who will guide the association’s future course and continue to establish NSTA as a leader in STEM education.”
Throughout his career, Evans has served the science profession in many capacities. He began his career as a classroom teacher in Media, Pennsylvania. He later earned his PhD in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island and became a professor of oceanography at the university. Evans served as the undersecretary for science at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He also served as assistant administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; deputy assistant administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service; senior scientist and deputy administrator at the National Ocean Service; and program manager at the Office of Naval Research. Before joining NSTA, Evans was the director of the Center for Sustainability: Earth, Energy, and Climate at Noblis, Inc.
Evans is a former member of the Governing Board of the Indo-U.S. Science & Technology Forum and Chair of the Board for the Research Channel. He served as a science advisor on climate change to the White House in 2001 and has testified many times before Congress on ocean and climate issues.