Meet the Team
David Goldston became Director of the MIT Washington Office in May 2017. The Washington Office is MIT’s “embassy,” providing policymakers with information and positions from MIT, and keeping the campus abreast of relevant developments in the nation's capital. As director, Goldston helps shape MIT’s policy and positions, and its communications regarding federal matters.
Prior to coming to MIT, Goldston was Director of Government Affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council, a leading environmental group for eight years, where he helped shape NRDC’s federal political strategy, policies, and communications. Before his time at the NRDC he spent more than 20 years on Capitol Hill, working primarily on science and environmental policy, including serving as Chief of Staff of the House Committee on Science from 2001 through 2006.
After retiring from government service, Goldston was a visiting lecturer at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and at Harvard University Center for the Environment. He is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. From 2007 through November 2009, he wrote a monthly column for Nature on science policy titled, “Party of One.” Goldston also was the project director for the Bipartisan Policy Center report: “Improving the Use of Science in Regulatory Policy,” which was released in August 2009. He authored a chapter in The Science of Science Policy: A Handbook (Stanford University Press, 2011). He is a member of the advisory committee for the National Academies’ Climate Communications Initiative, and has served on numerous panels of the Academy and other science policy organizations. He holds a B.A. (1978) from Cornell University and completed the course work for a Ph.D. in American history at the University of Pennsylvania.
Philip H. Lippel
Philip H. Lippel joined the MIT Washington Office in April 2012 as Assistant Director. He represents the Institute’s research enterprise and educational mission to the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and relevant Congressional committees. He also participates in inter-university government affairs forums through the American Association of Universities and the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. He is interested in the multifaceted role research universities like MIT play in the innovation ecosystem -- educating tomorrow’s workforce, driving discoveries at the leading edge of science and engineering, and working with industry to transition emerging technologies to commercial scale.
Previously, Philip has been involved with technical and policy issues nationally and internationally. He worked with industry, NGOs, and federal and state agencies on many aspects of nanotechnology from research through commercialization, first on the staff of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office and later as a consultant to trade organizations. As a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation, he worked on a variety of science communication and policy issues—including nanotechnology and science education—in NSF's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs.
Philip has also served as a Member of Technical Staff at Agilent Technologies, founded and led L Cubed Consulting, and was a member of the Physics faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington. He was appointed as a U.S. delegate to the Working Party on Nanotechnology at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and as a U.S. expert to the ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee on Information and Communication Technologies.
He received an A.B. in Physics and in Theatre from Williams College, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from Brandeis University.
Kate Stoll joined the MIT Washington Office in September of 2014 as Senior Policy Advisor. She focuses on health and space research including NIH, NASA, FDA, and their related Congressional committees. Kate also engages with the MIT student and alumni advocacy communities.
Kate received a B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Washington, studying protein structure and function as it relates to the Breast Cancer Protein, BRCA1. She served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science S&T Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation where she worked on STEM graduate education and higher education issues. She created the NSF Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge and is the co-executive editor of the publication The Power of Partnerships: A Guide from the NSF GK-12 Program. Kate has long been interested in the role of students in the research and innovation enterprise and is the co-founder of the AAAS program, Emerging Leaders In Science & Society, or ELISS, which prepares graduate and professional students to collaborate across boundaries to tackle complex challenges in society.
Most recently, she served as an American Chemical Society Congressional Fellow with the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce under Ranking Member Henry Waxman.
Helen Haislmaier, Program Coordinator, helps coordinate both office & campus engagement efforts, organizes meetings on Capitol Hill, recruits interns for the DC office and provides support and organizes meetings for MIT students interning in the DC area. She also runs the MIT Senior Congressional & Executive Branch Staff Seminar and works with the Coalition for Plasma Science to organize biannual events on Capitol Hill.
Helen moved to the United States from London, England, in 1990 and joined the MIT Washington Office shortly after it opened in 1991. She left in 1994 but returned again in 2002. During her time away from MIT, Helen was the Program Coordinator for the Middle East Studies Department at the Johns Hopkins University Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, worked on Richard Nixon's only authorized biography, and had two sons.
Before leaving the UK, Helen served as the Senior Legislative Assistant to an active member of the House of Lords, where she focused on British Higher Education policy, education reform and foreign policy issues in Eastern Europe. Prior to that, she was the director of a pro-NATO grassroots organization, Women & Families for Defense.
Helen received her BA (Hons) in British Politics from the University of Kent at Canterbury in England, and one day hopes to finish her M.A. Education from the Catholic University of America.
Lisa Miller joined MIT from Georgetown University, where she managed educational programs and events for the university’s library, art, and special collections. Today, she manages day-to-day operations and oversees communications for the MIT Washington Office, including reporting on legislative activities and executive branch actions. She coordinates diverse events and activities, such as MIT's Student Policy Initiative, including the Congressional and Executive Visits Day programs.
Previously, Lisa served as Director of Outreach and Development for the National Press Club, promoting their development programs and managing the Club’s literary events, including the Annual Book Fair and Authors’ Night. She was Director of Marketing and Development for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at the University of Chicago, managing board relations and efforts to increase visibility and funding for the award-winning global security publication and related Doomsday Clock. She earned her undergraduate degree (B.A., honors) while in Chicago, and also has a Master's degree (M.A.) from Johns Hopkins University.