Afua Bruce was a fellow with the Public Interest Technology program at New America. Previously she was the director of engineering for the program. Bruce joined New America after spending several years working in the federal government—at the White House and at the FBI. From 2015 to 2017, Bruce served as the executive director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy's National Science and Technology Council at the White House. In this role, she oversaw 100 different Federal inter-agency working groups, tackling challenges on environment, and sustainability, homeland and national security, science, technology, and STEM education. While at the FBI, Bruce held a variety of strategy and program management positions. She led work on data challenges, technical project management, process improvement, and strategic change for the Bureau's engineering, lab, and financial programs. Prior to joining the Federal government, Bruce was a software engineer at IBM. Bruce holds a degree in computer engineering from Purdue University, and an MBA from the University of Michigan.