Dr. Arati Prabhaker Confirmed as Director of White House OSTP

The U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Arati Prabhakar as the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on September 22. In addition to being the first woman to serve as OSTP Director, Dr. Prabhakar is the first person of color to hold the position. The Senate confirmed Dr. Prabhaker with a 56-40 vote.


Prior to her confirmation, Dr. Prabhakar served with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. She was also the first woman to lead the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Last Reviewed: November 2022