Mary Maxon is a Senior Fellow at Schmidt Futures developing and co-leading an effort focused on maximizing the potential of biotechnology toward a circular bioeconomy. She is on leave from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where she serves as Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences. Previously, she was Assistant Director for Biological Research at the Office of Science and Technology Policy where she was the principal author of the Obama’s Administration’s National Bioeconomy Blueprint. Currently, Mary serves as a US Delegate to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, and Converging Technologies Working Party. She is also a member of the Global Bioeconomy International Advisory Council, and a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Standing Committee on Biotechnology Capabilities and National Security Needs. Mary holds a PhD in Molecular Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley, and did postdoctoral training in genetics at the University of California, San Francisco.