Lisa Arafune is the Director of The Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC). CASC is an educational non-profit professional organization with 89 member institutions. She acts as a conduit to keep the membership informed of strategic opportunities that will lead to their institution’s success. She leads CASC’s interests in Washington, DC, as well as nationally at computing meetings.
She has a wealth of experience in government relations, including more than a decade representing higher education and university-based research interests on Capitol Hill. She has advocated for the research community and major federal science agencies, including NSF, DOD, USDA, NIH, DOE, and NASA.
Ms. Arafune also leads her own government relations firm, and has managed federal relations for Purdue University as Director of the Washington, DC Office. Her interest in politics began when working in a state senate and later as Chief Clerk for a U.S. House of Representatives Congressional Committee.
She serves on the XSEDE Advisory Board (XAB), the Executive Committee for the Women in HPC, and as Government Relations Lead on the Planning Committee of the SuperComputing Conference Series. She is a speaker at national computing and engineering conferences.
Ms. Arafune holds a Master’s of Science in Management from Purdue University and an MBA from Budapest University of Economic Sciences.