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 Curt BaranowskiUS Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
   
 
 Kathy BaskinDirector of Water Policy, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston, MA
   Kathleen Baskin is the Director of Water Policy at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. She is managing the state's climate change adaptation initiative, which released the Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Report and the state's Sustainable Water Management Initiative, promoting protection and sustainable management of water resources for ecological and economic needs. Before joining EEA, Ms. Baskin directed research at the Charles River Watershed Association and was a consultant at an international engineering firm. She has an MS degree in Environmental Engineering and BS degrees in Civil Engineering and Biology, all from Tufts University.
 
 Jeff BeehlerEnvironmental Program Manager, Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, Riverside, CA
   Jeffrey Beehler is the Environmental Program Manager at the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority in Riverside, California. Jeff implements regional projects and develops planning strategies on behalf of this regional water agency. His primary focus has been directed toward developing multi-agency projects, including the development of agreements and financing plans. He also provides technical support and oversight in obtaining permits, negotiating easements, and environmental compliance for agency construction projects.

Most recently, Jeff administered multi-agency and stakeholder task force efforts to address changes in water quality and endangered species regulation, mediated several agreements with diverse interest groups for the development of infrastructure projects, implemented a $20M watershed-wide invasive species and habitat restoration program which included the development of a financial plan for long-term maintenance, developed a marketing plan for a regional brine disposal system, and initiated a regional GIS imagery purchase program.

An "escaped academic", Jeff has worked in university research, government and in the private sector. He also teaches an occasional class at CSU San Bernardino and is currently the Treasurer of the Riverside Land Conservancy. Jeff received his B.A. from Kalamazoo College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jeff lives in Riverside with his wife, Lori and daughter, Victoria.
 
 Bull BennettPresident and CEO, Kiksapa Consulting, LLC, Mandan, North Dakota
   Member of the National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee and Convening Lead Author of the Draft Report's Chapter on Impacts of Climate Change on Tribal, Indigenous, and Native Lands and Resources.
 
 Jennifer BradyProgram Analyst, US EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Management, Washington, DC
   Jennifer Brady is in the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Jennifer is leading the develop of OSWER's Climate Change Adaptation Plan. She has extensive experience working with climate change issues as they relate to land and materials management programs, including mitigation activities.
 
 Michael BrubakerCo-Founder, Alaska Center for Climate and Health and Local Environmental Observer Network (LEO), Anchorage, Alaska
   Mike Brubaker specializes in assessing public health conditions in rural communities. In particular he focuses on effects from environmental change. Mike was born in Juneau Alaska and raised in Anchorage. He received his BS in Biology from St. Lawrence University and a MS in Environmental Management from University of San Francisco. His rural health work began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Hungary in 1995, where he advised local governments on sanitation infrastructure and clean-up of abandoned military sites. Other international work has included technical assistance to Russian indigenous communities in Chukotka and Kamchatka related to pollution and traditional foods safety. From 1998 to 2008 he was the Community Services Director for the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, a regional tribal organization serving the Aleut People of Southwestern Alaska. Mike has worked for the statewide tribal health system since 2008. In 2009 he co-founded the Center for Climate and Health and in 2011 the Local Environmental Observer (LEO) Network. In his current work Mike supervises programs that assess health impacts and encourage safe, healthy and sustainable communities.
 
 Lynne CarterAssociate Director and Program Manager, Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) and Coastal Sustainability Studio at Louisiana State University
   Lynne Carter is Associate Director and Program Manager, Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) - a stakeholder-driven program focusing on serving the adaptation and climate information needs of the south-central US (TX, OK, LA, MS, AR, and TN) and Associate Director for the Coastal Sustainability Studio also at LSU, an effort to bring together designers (architects and landscape architects) with engineers and coastal scientists to rethink what might work along the coast. Dr. Carter is also the Director of the Adaptation Network, a non-profit, established (2006) to assist US communities to build resilience and reduce vulnerabilities to the unavoidable impacts of climate change. She has worked on a wide range of climate change issues since 1988, has organized conferences and workshops on various aspects of climate change, including around natural resource adaptations for the New England Governors/Eastern Canadian Premiers. She was the Regional Liaison to the 19 regions for the first U.S. National Assessment. She has developed and taught semester long and short courses (including at the Environmental Change program at Oxford), delivered more than 60 public presentations on climate change, written and contributed to articles and reports on climate change for a variety of audiences, including all three US National Climate Assessments - 2000, 2009, 2013 (in prep). Lynne is an appointed member of: the Federal Advisory Committee for the 2013 US National Climate Assessment and a convening lead author for the SE and a lead author for the Adaptation chapter; ICLEI's Climate Adaptation Experts Advisory Committee; and the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment Adaptation Committee. Her educational background includes science (BS, MS), science policy (MMA), and science education (Ph.D).
 
 Michael CraghanLead, Climate Ready Estuaries Program, EPA Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds, Washington, DC
   Michael Craghan is the lead for the Climate Ready Estuaries program in EPA's Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds. He has been working in science, education, and public policy regarding the environment and hazards for more than twenty years, and has special interests in human-environmental interaction and coastal systems. Dr. Craghan has taught in both the Geography and the Marine Sciences Departments at Rutgers University, and for the Earth and Atmospheric Science Department at City College of New York. He worked on climate change projects for the Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change at the National Academy of Sciences. He also worked for the National Flood Insurance Program as an engineer in FEMA's Mitigation Division, and responded to emergencies and disasters, including floods in West Virginia as well as Hurricanes Isabel and Katrina. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geography.
 
 Lisa DarbyMeteorologist, NOAA's National Integrated Drought Information System, Boulder, CO
   When it comes to drought, NOAA's Lisa Darby is a self-described "matchmaker". A meteorologist in the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) Program Office, she matches people who have information about drought with people who need it. She helped establish a drought early warning information system in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin and is currently working to establish the Carolinas Coastal Ecosystems drought early warning pilot, in partnership with the Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CISA). She organizes workshops for stakeholders in drought-affected regions and produces informational products about current and anticipated drought conditions.

Prior to joining NIDIS in 2008, she spent 20 years working in optical remote sensing in the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, focusing on Doppler lidar studies of mesoscale wind flows. She also worked on an International Polar Year project called International Arctic Systems for Observing the Atmosphere, promoting collaborative research among atmospheric observatories located north of the Arctic Circle. She earned a bachelor's degree in meteorology from Metropolitan State College of Denver, and a master's degree in atmospheric science from Colorado State University.
 
 Gerald (Jerry) FilbinOffice of Policy Coordinator for Climate Change Adaptation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
   Jerry Filbin works currently as the EPA Policy Office's climate change adaptation coordinator. In that role, he has helped to provide leadership for the Agency for the development of the Agency Climate Change Adaptation Plan. Previously, Jerry managed the EPA's very successful EPA State Innovation Grant Program from 2002-2009 which provided funding that allowed states to test and evaluate innovative practices for improved environmental results. Jerry also served as the Agency's lead coordinator for community based environmental protection from 1999-2002. Jerry holds a PhD degree in aquatic ecology from Wayne State University in Detroit.
 
 Lisa GarciaAssociate Assistant Administrator for Environmental Justice, US Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
   Lisa F. Garcia joined the U.S. EPA in 2009 serving as Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Environmental Justice. In this role Lisa has elevated EJ issues to the highest levels of the agency and developed and implemented Plan EJ 2014 a roadmap to integrate and strengthen all of EPA's EJ initiatives. In January 2011 she became the Associate Assistant Administrator in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. This role provides Lisa with broader oversight and authority to implement the environmental justice program.

Lisa also works to promote meaningful, working relationships with EJ communities, as well as builds strong partnerships with communities and other federal agencies to address some of the country's most persistent environmental challenges. Lisa joins EPA after serving as the Chief Advocate for Environmental Justice and Equity at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. In that position she developed statewide environmental justice initiatives to tackle critical environmental challenges, and served as co-chair of the Governor's Environmental Justice Interagency Task Force. Lisa served as Assistant Attorney General for the New York State Attorney General, where she represented various state agencies in environmental litigation matters and defended New York's Brownfields Cleanup Program. Lisa also served as Senior Attorney at the New York Public Interest Research Group. Lisa has a long and impressive history using her legal, policy and legislative experience to promote environmental justice.
 
 Brooke HemmingSenior Physical Scientist, Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development, Research Triangle Park, NC
   Brooke L. Hemming, Ph.D. is a senior physical scientist in the US EPA Office of Research and Development. After completing a B.S. in Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, she went on to complete her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at Stanford University, and post-doctoral studies in Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. She then went on to serve as a AAAS Environmental Science and Policy Fellow for two years in the US EPA Office of International Affairs. She then joined the EPA as a civil servant, specializing in science assessment, focussing on air pollution and climate change. She also serves as a technical expert for the EPA Office of Air and Radiation, and as an informal educator for the air quality management community on the science of climate change.
 
 Cody HoovenSenior Environmental Specialist for Environmental and Land Use Management, Port of San Diego, San Diego, CA
   Cody Hooven is a Senior Environmental Specialist with the Port of San Diego. She manages the Green Port Program, the Port's comprehensive environmental sustainability effort. She is also leading the development of a Climate Plan for the entire Port jurisdiction, an exciting project addressing both the carbon footprint of the Port and well as adaptation to future climate impacts, such as sea level rise. She also works with other environmentally progressive leaders on various collaborative sustainability efforts in the San Diego region and statewide.

Prior to moving to San Diego in 2007, Cody worked for NOAA Fisheries in Honolulu, Hawaii. She began as a student employee. Proving herself dedicated to science, and willing to get dirty in the field, she quickly worked her way up coordinating the marine turtle stranding research program for the entire state. While enjoying the Hawaiian lifestyle and marine research, she decided to return to her home state of California and shift her focus to the intersection of science and policy.

In addition to her passion for bringing people together on sustainability issues, Cody finds inspiration and motivation in helping her community progress. While in grad school, she worked for Ocean Discovery Institute, a San Diego region non-profit, teaching underserved City Heights students about marine research and applied science. She continues to volunteer with them, and travels to Baja each year to support their impressive efforts.
 
 Milton HousemanPolice Sgt., Emergency Management and Homeland Security, City of Biloxi, Mississippi
   
 
 Sara HoverterSenior Fellow and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown Climate Center, Washington, DC
   Sara P. Hoverter is a senior fellow and adjunct professor at the Harrison Institute for Public Law, Georgetown University Law Center. Her area of concentration is health policy, including climate change and public health, Medicaid, state and federal health reform, and the use of community health workers to reach vulnerable populations. Her past positions have included law clerk at the National Partnership for Women and Families, research assistant for the Center for Law and the Public's Health, and program associate at the DC Appleseed Center.
 
 Jennifer JuradoDirector, Broward County (FL) Natural Resources Planning and Management Division, Fort Lauderdale, FL
   Jennifer Jurado, director of Broward County, FL's Natural Resources Planning and Management Division, is one of 12 people nationwide recently(April 2013) named as a Champion for Change for their global-warming work. She has led the effort to protect the South Florida's water supply, to integrate sea-level rise into the county's plans and to work with other counties to produce a regional response to the threats from climate change through the Southeast Florida Climate Change Compact.
 
 Ed KnightSwinomish Indian Tribal Community
   Ed Knight, AICP, is the Senior Planner for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, located in northwest Washington. Ed holds a degree in Social Assessment & Policy from Western Washington University, and has over 35 years in the public sector, including 20 years with Native American tribes. In his work for the Swinomish Tribe, Ed oversees long-range planning, community and economic development, transportation planning, building permitting, and forest management. He was the project manager for the Swinomish Climate Change Initiative, a landmark 2-year project to study local climate change impacts and adaptation strategies.
 
 Ted KowalskiInterstate & Federal Section Section Chief, Colorado Water Conservation Board
   Ted Kowalski is the Chief of the Interstate, Federal and Water Information Section of the Colorado Water Conservation Board. The Colorado Water Conservation Board was established in 1937 to protect and develop Colorado's water resources for the benefit of present and future inhabitants of the State. Ted manages the Platte River Recovery Implementation ESA Program for the State of Colorado and he is a senior negotiator on federal, interstate, and international issues related to the Colorado River. Ted also manages the State of Colorado's Wild and Scenic and Recreational In-Channel Diversion programs. Ted has testified before U.S. Congress and before the Colorado General Assembly. He has also appeared on Rocky Mountain PBS-Colorado State of Mind, presented at dozens of water conferences and seminars, and written articles for the Denver Water Law Review and the Colorado Water Law Benchbook.

Before working for the Water Supply Protection Section, Ted worked for the Stream and Lake Protection Section protecting Colorado's instream flow water rights. Previously, Ted was employed by the Colorado Office of the Attorney General, as an Assistant Attorney General in the Water Unit where he represented the State Engineer, the Colorado Water Conservation Board, the Division of Wildlife, and other State agencies. In this regard, Ted appeared before all seven Colorado water courts, the Colorado Supreme Court, the Colorado General Assembly, and various administrative boards and commissions. Ted graduated from the University of Colorado, School of Law, and he obtained his undergraduate degree from Cornell University.
 
 Marilyn LattaProject Manager, California State Coastal Conservancy, Oakland, CA
   Marilyn Latta is a marine biologist and restoration ecologist who has been working in estuarine habitat restoration and planning for fifteen years in San Francisco Bay and the California Coast. She holds a double degree in Marine Biology and Zoology from Humboldt State University, and has worked for multiple marine education and policy organizations, including the Catalina Island Marine Institute, The Watershed Project, Headlands Institute, The Ocean Conservancy, and Save The Bay. She's developed multiple successful community-based restoration projects in San Francisco Bay that have involved thousands of community volunteers and students in the restoration and monitoring of tidal wetlands, oyster and eelgrass beds, and salt ponds. She has been a Project Manager for the State Coastal Conservancy since 2008.
 
 Deb LekanoffEnvironmental Policy Analyst, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, LaConner, WA
   Debra Lekanof has been with the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community since 2001 and serves as the Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison for Chairman Brian Cladoosby. She has engaged in local, regional, national and international governmental policy. The areas of government policy has ranged from economic development and growth, health care, social services, education, culture and international relations.

Along with Swinomish and the Coast Salish she has committed her time to restoring and preserving our indigenous way of life for futures generations. Debra 15 years in tribal government has offered opportunities through the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, National Congress of American Indian, Coast Salish Gathering to collaborate with other tribes to provide sustainable communities. Among these opportunities is her participation as the Western Washington Delegate to the United States Environmental Protection Agency's National Environmental Tribal Caucus, whose primary responsibility is to provide guidance on national tribal environmental policy and actions and the Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest Indians Natural Resource Committee Chair, and the Coordinator of the Coast Salish Gathering. Her experience has lead her to United States Congress and Washington State Legislature advocating on issues that would protect the sovereignty of the tribes at a local and national level.

Our elders gifted Debra with the privilege of carrying a name that is generations old and has been passed down from one strong woman to another. She is honored to carry the Tlingit name of the late Mary Thomas, and her daughter was honored to share her great grandmothers name, Edith Rener, and great great Auntie Sarah Williams.

She is committed to Yakutat for no other reason than to give back to the community what is has given to her; strength, honesty, compassion, and a generous soul. Debra shared this thought, "My teachings from my grandmother, Edith Rener and from my Dad, Bobby and mom, Frances, have blessed me with a harmony and balance in life. These teachings will guide me as I represent all of you."
 
 J.T. LockmanVice President of Environmental Planning, Catalysis Adaptation Partners, Scarborough, ME
   J.T. Lockman, AICP, is Vice President of Environmental Planning at Catalysis Adaptation Partners. He is an expert in municipal codes, town and city management, and in land use and capital improvements planning, with over 25 years of experience. J.T. served as the Planning Director for the Towns of Bar Harbor and Wells, Maine, and as Planning Director of the Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission. Recently JT was appointed to a panel at the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board, supervising research on extreme weather events and their effects on State Departments of Transportation. He holds a BS in Science and Environmental Education from Cornell University, and a Master's Degree in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
 
 George LuberAssociate Director for Climate Change Climate and Health Program, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, Atlanta, GA
   Dr. George Luber is an epidemiologist and the Acting Associate Director for Global Climate Change for the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His research interests include the epidemiology of harmful algal blooms and the health effects of climate change. Most recently, his work has focused on the epidemiology and prevention of heat-related illness and death, the development of municipal heat response plans, and the application of remote sensing techniques to modeling vulnerability to heat stress in urban environments. In addition to his leadership role in the Global Climate Change Workgroup at CDC, Dr. Luber is a co-chair of the Human Contributions and Responses/Decision Support Interagency Work Group for the US Climate Change Science Program.
 
 Cynthia McHaleDirector, Insurance Program, Ceres, Boston, MA
   Cynthia McHale is a director in the Insurance Program at Ceres. She brings more than 20 years of experience serving many of the leading North American and European insurers, re-insurers and insurance brokers, and is currently working with insurers to promote and expand their commitment to, and implementation of climate risk adaptation and mitigation strategies. To accomplish this, Cynthia works across the insurance sector to deepen its collective understanding of the risks and opportunities introduced by climate change, and to define winning strategies that protect and grow shareholder value.

Before joining Ceres, Cynthia managed Accenture's Global Insurance Industry Program. Cynthia oversaw development, management and execution of the growth strategy for the global practice. Prior to this, as a strategy management consultant at Accenture, Cynthia worked directly with sector leaders to identify new opportunities for achieving profitable growth in a highly dynamic and competitive environment for risk transfer. Her specific areas of expertise include new product development, underwriting, claims, and customer service/policy administration. She began her career as a casualty underwriter at GenRe, a Berkshire Hathaway company.

Cynthia's other professional experience includes implementation of a micro-insurance program in East Africa and administration of a social responsibility code of conduct for U.S corporations with business operations in South Africa.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Dartmouth College and a Master of Science in Management from Hult International Business School.
 
 Susanne MoserDirector and Principal Researcher, Susanne Moser Research and Consulting, Santa Cruz, CA
   Susanne Moser, Ph.D., is Director and Principal Researcher of Susanne Moser Research & Consulting in Santa Cruz, California. She is also a Social Science Research Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University and a Research Associate at the University of California-Santa Cruz, Institute for Marine Sciences. Previously, she served as a Research Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado; served as staff scientist for climate change at the Union of Concerned Scientists; and was a research fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and at the Heinz Center in Washington, DC.

Susi's work focuses on adaptation to climate change, vulnerability, resilience, climate change communication, social change, decision support and the interaction between scientists, policy-makers and the public. She is a geographer by training (Ph.D. 1997, Clark University) with an interests in how social science can inform society's responses to this global challenge. She has worked in coastal areas, urban and rural communities, with forest-reliant communities, and on human health issues.

Susi contributed to Working Group II of the Nobel prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fourth Assessment Report, served as Review Editor on the IPCC's Special Report on "Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation", and is currently a contributing author to the IPCC's Fifth Assessment. She is also a Convening Lead Author for the coastal chapter of the Third US National Climate Assessment, and a member of the federal advisory committee to the NCA. Over the years, she has advised federal, state and local governments, nongovernmental organizations, and foundations on various aspects of climate change. She is a co-editor with Lisa Dilling (University of Colorado-Boulder) on a ground-breaking 2007 anthology on climate change communication, called Creating a Climate for Change: Communicating Climate Change and Facilitating Social Change (Cambridge University Press), and is currently co-editing another anthology with Max Boykoff (University of Colorado-Boulder) on Successful Adaptation (forthcoming in 2012 from Routledge). Her work has been recognized through fellowships in the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program, the UCAR Leadership Academy, Kavli Frontiers of Science Program, the Donella Meadows Leadership Program, and the Google Science Communication Program.
 
 Jennifer PagachClimate Outreach, Education and Adaptation, Office of Long Island Sound Programs, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Hartford, CT
   Jennifer Pagach holds undergraduate honors degrees in Geology and Philosophy from the CCSU Honors Program, and did her graduate degrees in Geology and GIS Certification at University of Connecticut, Storrs. She is currently the lead on climate education, outreach and adaptation in the Office of Long Island Sound Programs at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. She is the state lead for Sentinel Monitoring for climate change in Long Island Sound, and oversees many other climate change grants and projects including work with coastal municipalities. With a diverse environmental and policy background and a love of working to bring people and initiatives together she has worked to advance climate adaptation initiatives in CT and New England for several years. She is an avid public speaker on diverse topics and is an adjunct professor at multiple colleges including courses on alternative energy and environmental science.
 
 Lindene E. PattonChief Climate Products Officer, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd.
   Lindene Patton is Chief Climate Product Officer for Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich). She is responsible for product development and risk management related to climate change.

She is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Advisory Council on Measuring Sustainability. Ms. Patton serves as the Vice-Chair of the Climate Change and Tort Liability Sub-Committee of the Geneva Association. She is a member of the Advisory Council to the Resources for the Future's Center for the Management of ecological Wealth (RFF's CMEW). Ms. Patton serves on numerous government and non-governmental advisory boards, including the Executive Secretariat of the U.S. National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Financial Advisory Board. She is an advisory board member for the University of California at Santa Barbara's Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. She is a member of the ICLEI* for Sustainable Governments Adaptation Experts Advisory Committee. Ms. Patton servers as an Advisory Board Member to the Bloomberg monthly publication, the Environmental Due Diligence Guide, and the US EPA Environmental Technology Verification Program.

Ms. Patton is an attorney licensed in California and the District of Columbia and an American Board of Industrial Hygiene Certified Industrial Hygienist. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from the University of California, Davis, a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law.
 
 Joel ScheragaSenior Advisor for Climate Adaptation, US Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
   Dr. Joel D. Scheraga is the Senior Advisor for Climate Adaptation at the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He is leading EPA's efforts to develop and implement a Climate Change Adaptation Plan to ensure it can continue to protect human health and the environment even as the climate changes. He has worked extensively on interdisciplinary environmental problems and has expertice in the areas of climate change science and policy, environmental economics, the integration of science and policy, and applied microeconomics. (www.scheraga.com)
 
 Kevin ShaferExecutive Director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District, Milwaukee, WI
   Kevin Shafer became Executive Director at the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) in March 2002. Prior to this, he served as MMSD's Director of Technical Services since October 1998. In his current role as the Executive Director, he is responsible for the overall management, administration, leadership and direction for MMSD in meeting short and long-term goals and objectives; coordinates the establishment of strategic goals and objectives and their approval by the Commission; oversees the development of policies and operating plans; and represents MMSD to its customers, bond rating agencies, and the public.

Since becoming executive director, Mr. Shafer has worked diligently on MMSD's $1 billion Overflow Reduction Plan. Mr. Shafer has been instrumental in providing the regional leadership in implementing green infrastructure in MMSD facilities and on private property. This leadership has resulted in a new development approach by the communities and developers in the region. He also coordinated a $58 million long-range planning process that produced the most intensive water quality research ever for six Milwaukee area watersheds. Additionally, under his leadership, MMSD instituted a regional stormwater runoff rule and has been a leader for innovative ways to manage stormwater runoff.

Prior to joining the District, Mr. Shafer spent 10 years in private industry with an international engineering firm in Chicago and Milwaukee, and six years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Worth, Texas.

Mr. Shafer received a bachelor's degree in science and civil engineering with a specialty in water resources from the University of Illinois in 1982, and a master's in science and civil engineering from the University of Texas in 1988. Mr. Shafer received the 2001 Individual Merit Award for Engineer in Government Service from the Wisconsin Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. In 2007, Mr. Shafer received a National Award from Kodak American Greenways for MMSD's pioneering Greenseams project.
 
 Amy SnoverAssistant Dean, Applied Research; Director, Climate Impacts Group, College of the Environment, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
   I aim to improve society's resilience to natural and human-caused fluctuations in climate by bridging the gap between science and decision-making. I draw on the natural and social sciences to assess the vulnerability of natural and human systems to climate variability and change and to inform the development of climate adaptation strategies. I work with decision makers to develop science-based climate change planning and adaptation guidance and to assess their climate information needs in order to develop priorities for research, tool development, and outreach. I frequently advise on strategies for adapting planning and decision-making processes in light of a changing climate and collaborate with legal, economics and communications scholars to apply climate impacts science to legal analyses, economic assessments, and research on overcoming communication challenges.

I direct the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington, an internationally recognized research and stakeholder engagement effort that links interdisciplinary, cutting edge science with the real needs of resource managers, planners and policy makers in a changing climate. As Assistant Dean for Applied Research in the UW College of the Environment, I am leveraging the Climate Impacts Group's model for connecting science and decision making to address more of today's - and tomorrow's - pressing environmental challenges.
 
 Bob StegerRaw Water Supply Manager, Denver Water, Denver, CO
   Bob Steger is the Raw Water Supply Manger at Denver Water. His section manages the operation of Denver's raw water collection system, performs water rights accounting, develops new supplies, and administers numerous raw water agreements. Prior to that, he was a Water Resource Engineer with Denver Water, performing water system operations, water rights accounting, water forecasting, and hydropower administration. He has also worked as a Civil Engineer with Blatchley Associates, and as a Geotechnical Engineer with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. He has a MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
 
 Edward A. ThomasPresident, Natural Hazard Mitigation Association (www.nhma.info), Quincy, MA
   Ed Thomas is the President of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association; and is the Chair of the Hazards Sub-Committee of the Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee, of the American Bar Association. Ed also serves on the Advisory Committee of the Natural Hazards Center of the University of Colorado; and is an active member of the American Planning Association.

He is a former board Member of the Association of State Floodplain Managers; and now serves as the liaison for that organization's on the No Adverse Impact Committee.

Ed retired from the Department of Homeland Security-Federal Emergency Management Agency after nearly thirty-five years of Public Service. During his time in government, he worked primarily in Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness and Response. He also was extensively involved in Community Development, during his nearly 10 years with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ed also worked over 8 years for Michael Baker Jr., Inc., working on the development of partnerships to better map natural and man-made hazards in the United States.

Ed worked on about two hundred disasters and emergencies, serving as the President's on scene representative, the Federal Coordinating Officer, dozens of times.

Ed is an Attorney, is a frequent lecturer on Emergency Management issues, especially the Constitutional and Legal Aspects of Floodplain Regulations. He has authored dozens of publications and articles on various Disaster related issues and regularly participates as a member of National Task Forces and other boards in developing National disaster- related and floodplain management policies.

Ed has received numerous national and international awards including the nation's highest award for Floodplain Management: The Goddard-White Award from the Association of State Floodplain Managers. In addition, he received the Gulf of Maine Visionary Award from the International Gulf of Maine Council, for his efforts in helping develop the NOAA StormSmart Coasts Program; and their first lifetime achievement award from the Georgia Association of Floodplain Management.

He lives with his wife in the floodplain of beautiful Marina Bay in Quincy, Massachusetts.
 
 Dave UllrichExecutive Director, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, Chicago, Illinois
   Dave Ullrich is the Executive Director of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (http://www.glslcities.org/). Before heading the Initiative, Mr.Ullrich was deputy regional administrator for the Great Lakes region of the U.S.Environment Protection Agency from 1992 until 2003. During his 30 years with EPA, he had been acting regional counsel, and chief of Air Enforcement.
 
 Suzanne Van DrunickNational Program Director, EPA, Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Program, Office of Research and Development
   
 
 Rob VerchickGauthier-St. Martin Eminent Scholar and Chair in Environmental Law, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA
   Rob Verchick holds the Gauthier-St. Martin Chair in Environmental Law at Loyola University New Orleans, where he is also Faculty Director of the Center for Environmental Law and Land Use. He recently served in the Obama administration as Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In that role he helped develop climate adaptation policy for the EPA and served on President Obama's Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force. Professor Verchick will be on a research sabbatical in New Delhi during the fall 2012 semester. This research, which involves climate adaptation policies in India, is supported by a Fulbright-Nehru Environmental Leadership Award.

Verchick's scholarly writing focuses on environmental regulation, climate change adaptation, and the developing field of disaster law. His work has appeared in many venues, including the California Law Review, the Southern California Law Review, and the environmental law journals at Harvard, Stanford, and Berkeley. His newest book, Facing Catastrophe: Environmental Action for a Post-Katrina World (Harvard University Press, 2010) was listed as a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title of 2010 by the American Library Association.

Verchick has testified before Congress on several issues, including Hurricane Katrina and the economic benefits of environmental regulation. He has also represented environmental interests in friend-of-the-court briefs in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the federal appellate courts. He has written commentaries for several news outlets, including the Christian Science Monitor, the Baltimore Sun, and the New Orleans Times-Picayune. And he is a Member Scholar and former board member of the Center for Progressive Reform, a policy institute focused on public health and environmental protection.

Verchick taught for eleven years on the law faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and practiced environmental law at a Seattle law firm before that. He earned his A.B. degree in English, with distinction and departmental honors, from Stanford University; and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he served as Articles Editor for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Verchick has taught as a visiting professor at Peking University (China), Aarhus University (Denmark), Lewis & Clark College, and Seattle University, and has received teaching awards at Loyola, UMKC, Seattle University, and Harvard College. He has lectured on environmental topics across the United States and Europe, as well as in Israel, South Africa, and China.

Verchick was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, with parents and grandparents who worked in the local resorts. He is married and has three sons.
 
 Jalonne White-NewsomeFederal Policy Analyst, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, New York, NY
   Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome is WE ACT's Federal Policy Analyst, based in Washington, DC. Prior to joining WE ACT, Jalonne was the inaugural Kendall Science Fellow with the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), engaging in independent research on climate change adaptation and public health. While matriculating through the Environmental Health Sciences Department at the University Of Michigan School Of Public Health, her dissertation research focused on understanding the public health impacts of extreme heat events, specifically related to indoor heat exposure and how the urban-dwelling elderly adapt to hot weather. She spent a lot of her time translating her research into action through community outreach and engaging local policy makers and leaders on related issues. Before her time in academia, she spent over 10 years working in various manufacturing facilities, predominantly as an environmental manager, which also entailed assuming the role of emergency coordinator and voluntarily, liaising with the surrounding communities. Jalonne has held leadership positions in many professional and civic organizations, including the National Society of Black Engineers, Air & Waste Management Association, Minerva Education and Development Foundation, and other organizations with a focus on education and environmental justice issues. She is also an adjunct professor at Kettering University and a Professorial Lecturer at The George Washington University. A native Detroiter, Jalonne also holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University and a master's degree in Environmental Engineering from Southern Methodist University. Jalonne has always believed that in order to make any environment safe, healthy and productive - whether it is a community, or a manufacturing facility - one must change the mindset of people involved, and attack issues simultaneously - from the "top-down" and "bottom-up". She hopes that her work at the federal policy level will help promote that change.
 
 Dan WildcatProfessor, American Indian Studies, Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, KS
   Dr. Daniel Wildcat, Ph.D., is a professor at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, and an accomplished scholar who writes on indigenous knowledge, technology, environment, and education. He is also co-director of the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center, which he founded with colleagues from the Center for Hazardous Substance Research at Kansas State University. A Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma, Dr. Wildcat is the coauthor, with Vine Deloria, Jr., of Power and Place: Indian Education in America (Fulcrum, 2001), and coeditor, with Steve Pavlik, of Destroying Dogma: Vine Deloria, Jr., and His Influence on American Society (Fulcrum, 2006). Known for his commitment to environmental defense and cultural diversity, Dr. Wildcat has been honored by the Kansas City organization The Future Is Now with the Heart Peace Award. His newest book, Red Alert! Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge, will be released later this year.
 
 Sue WotkynsProgram Manager, Climate Change, Northern Arizona University Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, Flagstaff, AZ
   Sue Wotkyns joined ITEP (Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals) in 2006, working in the American Indian Air Quality Training Program. Since 2009, she's led the development of ITEP's Climate Change Program. Her responsibilities include developing ITEP's tribal climate change training curriculum and coordinating climate change training courses and webinars; developing content for the monthly Tribal Climate Change Newsletter and the Tribes & Climate Change website; coordinating the Southwest Tribal Climate Change Network; outreach with tribes, governmental agencies and organizations; and various other tasks. She earned a B.A. and M.S. in Geology and has had a variety of work experiences in the fields of science and education.
 

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