Roxanne L. Atienza is the Director of Operations for the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition. Roxanne hails from the east coast, graduating from Barnard College in New York, NY and working as a medicinal chemist at Merck Research Laboratories in Rahway, NJ. Prior to joining the ISTC, Roxanne was a NIH-NIGMS Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Fellow and earned her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Though her main focus is to ensure ISTC is running smoothly, she has organized ISTC’s participation in the National Innovation Summit & Showcase, Innovation Day in Springfield, and leadership forums for the IL delegation in DC. Outside of work, she volunteers as a member of the Chicago Spirit Brigade, an organization that raises awareness and money for local charities.