Raven Capone Benko was a science communication and policy fellow with the Smithsonian’s Office of Government Relations. She holds a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Environmental Policy from Western Washington University where she conducted research in harbor seal ecology. She has also conducted research on the responses of larval fish to environmental stressors with NOAA. Raven is a passionate advocate for science-based policy and science communication and aims to streamline engagement between scientists, policymakers and the public.