Allen Segal joined the American Society for Microbiology in July 2018 as Director, Public Policy and Advocacy. He is charged with developing and implementing a new advocacy engagement program, working with the Society’s Public and Scientific Affairs Committee. He joined ASM after 7 years with the Society for Neuroscience, where he served as Senior Director, Policy and Member programs. In that capacity he oversaw the activities Advocacy and Training team as well as the Membership and Professional Development department. The two departments were responsible for the bulk of SfN’s programmatic functions, including advocacy and animals in research activities as well as the creation of a new scientific training program. Prior to joining SfN, he served as the Director of Federal Affairs for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, representing the trade association on issues that affect the over-the-counter and nutritional supplement industries. Prior to joining CHPA in 2008, he developed an expertise in federal budget and appropriations work while advocating for the American Cancer Society. He began his lobbying career working on federal employee and postal issues for the National Association of Letter Carriers and served as federal legislative director at the National Association of Home Builders.