Christofer Nelson
Festival Inspiration: Seeing all the many, many ways that science, technology, engineering, and math are a part of our everyday lives.


Christofer is the Director of Content for the USA Science and Engineering Festival. He also serves as the Program Director of the Georgetown University Program on Science in the Public Interest—which teaches actionable innovation and equips students to apply scientific problem solving skills to complex global challenges—and manages the Georgetown University Energy Prize—a national competition to develop innovative approaches to community-wide energy efficiency. Christofer recently served as the Assistant Director for Open Innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) where he focused on scaling the use of open innovation approaches, which include incentive prizes, crowdsourcing, citizen science, and Grand Challenges across Federal agencies to address national priorities ranging from developing new clean energy technologies to accelerating biomedical research. Christofer’s background includes diverse experience at the intersection of public policy, science, and technology at the local, state, and Federal level on topics raging from improving service delivery for military and veterans in the State of Illinois to increasing collaboration among the President’s Cabinet and Senior White House Staff.