Marcia Mask promoted to ORISE deputy director

Marcia Mask, deputy director of the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

Marcia Mask

April 13, 2020

Marcia Mask has been promoted to the role of deputy director of the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. In her role, Mask is responsible for the oversight of staff and resources that implement the Contractor Assurance Program (safety, security, quality, risk management) for the ORISE contract.

Mask also has management and oversight of direct operational units including the Strategic Partnership Projects Program, Budget Office, General Accounting, and Outreach and Engagement. In addition to these responsibilities, Mask serves as an advisor to the ORISE director for advancing the critical scientific, research and health initiatives of the U.S. Department of Energy.

“Marcia brings to this role the strength of having managed elements of multiple government programs, as well as the leadership skills necessary for empowering our staff to meet and exceed the mission areas of DOE and that of our other key sponsors,” Jim Vosburg, director of ORISE, said. “She is a tremendous asset to our organization and I am thrilled to continue working with her in this new capacity.” 

Mask was appointed to the role of acting deputy director for several months before her promotion, and previously served as the ORISE program manager. In that role, she was responsible for supporting oversight and operations of the ORISE program, which includes capabilities in STEM workforce development, scientific and technical resource integration, human subject health and protection surveillance, independent environmental assessment and verification, and operations of the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site. Mask has also served as an education group manager, senior project manager, and a business support analyst within ORAU.

Before joining ORAU, Mask spent more than a decade working in urban planning and overseeing programs that promoted affordable housing and community development for local governments in Tennessee and Florida. 

Mask received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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