Director, Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions, University of Arizona, Jan. 2014 – present.
CCASS supports climate change adapatation and assessment activities at regional, national, and international scales, supported by University experts in a wide range of climate-related fields.
Professor and Specialist, Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science and Water Resources Research Center, University of Arizona, October 2003 – present.
Research is focused on water policy, drought planning, stakeholder engagement, Colorado River management, climate change adaptation, and analysis of knowledge systems for sustainable development. Also serve as a water management extension specialist (multiple outreach and education activities), and as an Affiliate of the Institute of Environment at the UA.
Assistant Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Executive Office of the President, 2010 – 2013.Served as Director of the National Climate Assesment, leading a team of 300 authors and more than a thousand contributors to the Third NCA report. Lead advisor on water science and policy, and climate adaptation within OSTP.
Joint Appointments, Department of Hydrology and Water Resources and College of Geography and Development, University of Arizona, September 2005 – 2009. Supervise graduate students and facilitate coordination between departments; participate in interdisciplinary projects of various kinds.
Executive Director of the Arizona Water Institute, January, 2006 – 2009. Responsible for program development, building collaborative partnerships with communities, agencies and tribes, project management, inter-university and inter-agency coordination, grant writing and fundraising, outreach, education, and technology transfer for an innovative institute linking Arizona’s three universities; also facilitated workshops, supervise employees and students, managed over 60 research projects, and gave public lectures and presentations.
Deputy Director, Center for Sustainability of semi-Arid Hydrology and Riparian Areas, University of Arizona, September 2004 – February 2008. Assisted in management and strategic planning for an NSF Science and Technology Center involving 14 universities and laboratories and over 250 researchers. The federal budget was just under $3 million annually; developed and managed SAHRA’s water management-focused stakeholder engagement program. Associate Director for Science Implementation, March 2008 to 2010. Managed stakeholder engagement activities and facilitate use of science outputs in management applications.
Special Assistant for Policy and Planning, Arizona Department of Water Resources, August, 2002 to October, 2003. In this position, I was the lead staff person for the development of the Arizona Drought Plan and worked on statewide and rural water resource issues.
Visiting Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA-UCAR), September, 2001 to July 2002. I worked closely with scientists and researchers to improve the effectiveness of water and climate related research and applications within NOAA, including developing climate science decision support tools.
Special Assistant, Governor Hull’s Water Management Commission, Arizona Department of Water Resources. March, 2001 to July, 2001. I was the lead staff person supporting a 49-person Commission and multiple working groups established by the Governor.
Director, Tucson Active Management Area, Arizona Department of Water Resources, February, 1988, to March, 2001. My responsibilities included managing the groundwater rights in the greater Tucson area, overseeing and managing all aspects of the Tucson office of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, and developing water management policy and regulations, including mandatory conservation requirements, the Assured Water Supply Rules, recharge and recovery activities, and consensus building relative to major water conflicts.
Unit Supervisor, Water Resource Specialist II and III, Tucson Active Management Area, September, 1981 to February, 1988. I served as lead planner for municipal, turf and industrial water conservation programs for the second management plan, as well as supervising Operations and Compliance for the Tucson office. I developed and implemented mandatory conservation requirements for municipal and industrial water use, verified water rights applications, and prepared reports for hearings.
Coastal Management Planner, Municipality of Anchorage Planning Department. Anchorage, Alaska. 1980. As part of a three-member team, I prepared the Coastal Management Plan for a 25 mile segment of the Anchorage shoreline, including public access, resource protection, and scenic area elements.