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Ms. Marlit Hayslett

Founding director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Office of Policy Analysis and Research; Atlanta, Georgia

Ms. Marlit Hayslett serves as the founding director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Office of Policy Analysis and Research (OPAR) in Atlanta, Georgia. OPAR is the only applied research program focused on state-level science, technology, and innovation (STI) policy. Motivated by the vision of improving public policy outcomes through evidence-based decision-making, Ms. Hayslett’s long-term research goals synthesize around understanding the role of government in fostering innovation-based economic development. In addition to leading OPAR’s applied policy research, Ms. Hayslett supports the Georgia General Assembly’s House and Senate Science and Technology Committees. Most recently,
she has collaborated with Georgia’s technology business community to introduce and enact legislation calling for a task force to explore the role of a strategic plan for STI in Georgia. In 2012, Ms. Hayslett was honored by the Georgia General Assembly with two legislative resolutions recognizing and
commending her work in science and technology policy in Georgia. As a result of years of engaging policymakers on technical topics, Ms. Hayslett has led several conference panels and workshops on communicating science to policymakers and media.

Among her professional service activities, Ms. Hayslett serves on the Government Relations Task Force and the Business and Technology Alliance, both of the Technology Association of Georgia. She is active in the Georgia Tech community, serving on numerous committees including the Library Faculty Advisory Board, Academic Services Committee, Open Access Committee, Policy@Tech, and the Strategic Planning Implementation Group for a Technology Policy Institute. In 2012, she completed the six-month Leadership Foundations Program offered by Women in Technology, an industry association
dedicated to empowering women. Ms. Hayslett holds a B.S. and M.S. in International Affairs, and an M.S. in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In her spare time, she enjoys nature documentaries, exercising, reading, stand-up comedy, puzzles, and serving in her church. When she grows up, she wants to be an intergalactic diplomat.