Director, Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions, UA

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Katharine Jacobs

Katharine Jacobs is Director of the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS) and professor in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona.

From 2010 to 2013, Katharine served as an Assistant Director in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President. She was the Director of the 2014 National Climate Assessment, and also was the lead advisor on water science, policy and climate adaptation within OSTP.  

Prior to her work in the White House, Katharine was the executive director of the Arizona Water Institute from 2006-2009, leading a consortium of three state universities focused on water-related research, education and technology transfer in support of water supply sustainability. Katharine has more than 20 years of experience as a water manager for the Arizona'sDepartment of Water Resources, including 14 years as director of the Tucson Active Management Area. Her research interests include water policy, connecting science and decision making, stakeholder engagement, climate information for water management applications, climate change adaptation, and drought planning. 

Katharine earned her M.L.A. in Environmental Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. She has served on nine National Research Council panels.

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