Mark Little was the 2009–2010 GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow, former GSA Councilor, and is currently Executive Director of CREATE, a global initiative building shared prosperity through applied interventions, research, and policy.
How would you describe your experience as a Congressional Science Fellow?
I had a phenomenal, formative experience as a Congressional Science Fellow, from the careful interview process conducted by GSA members with whom I am still connected, to the exceptional year of work and professional development curated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, to the opportunities to further engage GSA post-fellowship.
What inspired you to work in both politics and geology?
I am committed to people and to the planet. I think that the lines between different disciplines are useful and important, but for me they all wash together. I seek opportunities to use my understanding of the Earth for the benefit of people and vice versa.
What are you most proud of from your time as a Congressional Science Fellow?
I worked on the house foreign affairs committee during my fellowship year, which allowed me to contribute to policy at the intersection of human development and the earth sciences. One exceptional opportunity was being part of an international effort to reduce the human costs of illicit mining.
Why should people support programs like the Congressional Science Fellow?
I believe that people should support organizations that are doing the work they care about. The Congressional Science Fellow program, and GSA’s broader public policy efforts, are well run, have tremendous impact on individuals such as myself, and inform policy that impacts the entire planet. So, if you care about any of that, GSA will put your dollars to work!
What would you like to say to other people who give of their time and resources to GSA?
I am personally indebted to GSA for providing a life-changing professional opportunity. I also feel that I have been able to do more and better work because of the opportunities GSA has provided. So, on a very personal level, I am grateful to those who give to GSA.