For more than thirty years Jean Moon has been a unique voice and doer in all aspects of education, research, and policy. Her passion for what the poet David Whyte has called courageous conversations has led her to spend her professional life convening gatherings of scholars, scientists, teachers, members of the corporate community, and policymakers. As founder and principal for Tidemark Institute, Dr. Moon directs the mission to increase knowledge and action at the intersection of education, state, and federal policy; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; workforce participation; the economy; and innovation in all aspects of learning and education. In addition, Dr. Moon has an appointment at Bowdoin College as a Research Associate. Until January 2011, she was Senior Scholar for Education Strategy and Planning at the National Academies in Washington, D.C. Prior to her work as Senior Scholar, Dr. Moon was a Senior Program Officer and Director of the Board on Science Education at the National Academies. Dr. Moon serves as Principal Investigator on more than 70 funded projects, particularly in science and mathematics education. She was a program advisor to the Exxon Education Foundation and the ExxonMobil Foundation between 1995 and 2002. In 2002 and later in 2005, Dr. Moon was invited to the University of Uppsala in Sweden as a scholar-in-residence. Dr. Moon has been a fellow at the Margaret Chase Smith Center at the University of Maine. In addition, Dr. Moon has worked on education and research initiatives in genetics and biomedical research at the Jackson Laboratory. Dr. Moon received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.