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The Advocacy Committee addresses advocacy and policy issues relating to and affecting the postdoctoral community.

Joining the Advocacy Committee is a fantastic way to learn about the policies that affect postdoctorates on an institutional and federal level, to have a direct impact on the advocacy work of the NPA, and to network with others with similar interests at institutions and organizations across the country. The Advocacy Committee provides a great opportunity to develop and showcase your writing and organizational skills, and, due to the scope of the tasks that we tackle, the opportunities for leadership are boundless. We work cross-functionally with the other Committees of the Membership, and also with the Diversity Officers and International Officers, providing you with exposure to all facets of postdoctoral policy and advocacy work.

Please contact the Chair or Vice-Chair of the Advocacy Committee regarding joining this committee.


  • Develop and advocate for implementation of NPA recommended policies and practices, including the Agenda for Change.
  • Advocate for increased diversity among postdoctoral scholars, ensuring the needs of under-represented groups are addressed.
  • Advocate for the interests of international postdocs training in the US.
  • Maintain and expand relationships with federal agencies and national organizations that have an interest in postdoctoral policies.
  • Monitor policy issues of interest to the postdoctoral community, and respond as appropriate.
  • Seek public opportunities to advocate for postdoctoral policy positions, such as testimony, comments on federal notices, conferences, and other national meetings.
  • Consult with other committees and Officers to avoid project duplication and promote coordination. 

Meet the Advocacy Committee Leaders


Juliet Moncaster, Ph.D.
Advocacy Committee Chair

Juliet Moncaster obtained her bachelor's degree in biomedical science from University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, and her doctoral degree from Imperial College London, United Kingdom. In 2005, she accepted a postdoctoral position studying Alzheimer’s Disease in the laboratory of Dr. Lee E. Goldstein at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH)/Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. Her involvement with the postdoctoral community both at BWH and Harvard Medical School ultimately led to the establishment of the Office for Postdoctoral Research and Careers at BWH. She was an active member of the BWH Postdoctoral Advisory Committee and Focus Groups and was elected by BWH Postdocs to serve as their representative on the Research Oversee Committee which directs all research at BWH. Her lab relocated in 2007 from BWH to the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), where she currently is located. Moncaster was involved in the creation of the postdoc office at BUSM that officially opened in early 2011. She is currently a member of the Postdoc Office Advisory Committee at BUSM. She has been active with the National Postdoctoral Association since 2006 and previously served as Vice Chair of the Advocacy Committee and Vice Chair of the International Postdoc Committee.

TracyCostelloBWTracy Costello, Ph.D.
Advocacy Vice Chair

Tracy Costello earned her bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics from The University of Southern Mississippi, and her master's degree and doctoral degree in biomathematics & biostatistics and human & molecular genetics from The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston. In 2004, she accepted an R25 Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to develop statistical methodology for data mining, meta-analysis and regressive logistic models applied to problems in genetics. While at MD Anderson, she joined the Postdoctoral Association Steering Committee, which she chaired from 2005-2007. She became active in the NPA through the Meetings Subcommittee after attending the 2005 Annual Meeting in Berkeley. She served as a member of the NPA Board of Directors from 2007-2008, during which a reorganization and realignment of NPA committees increased the efficiency of accomplishing NPA strategic goals. Her career led her to an industry position with Exagen Diagnostics in 2010. In October of 2012, she returned to MD Anderson as the program manager for the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. She looks forward to advocating for postdocs on the national level as Vice Chair of the Advocacy Committee.


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