After seven years as Research!America’s Vice President of Communications, Suzanne Ffolkes is leaving the nonprofit advocacy alliance on October 12 to become Chief Communications Officer at The Optical Society, a scientific society dedicated to advancing the study of light. During her time at Research!America, Suzanne significantly raised the profile of the alliance across the country through innovative communications initiatives, facilitated science communications workshops with member organizations, managed public opinion surveys on research for health, and led award-winning multi-media campaigns to increase congressional support for public and private-sector research. “Research!America’s board and staff join me in complimenting Suzanne’s tremendous contributions to our alliance, strengthening our efforts to boost funding and advance policies in support of medical, health and scientific research,” said Mary Woolley, president and CEO, Research!America. “Suzanne’s commitment to advocacy for research and science communications is exceptional. We wish her continued career success at The Optical Society.” Among her accomplishments, Suzanne drove the alliance’s successful Raise the Caps campaign which urged Congress to raise budget caps to help increase funding for federal health and science agencies.