Katharine Jacobs is director of the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions at the University of Arizona, and served from 2009 to 2013 as director of the National Climate Assessment in President Obama’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, and also as lead water advisor. Prior to her tenure in the Obama administration, she was professor and specialist in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, University of Arizona; executive director of the Arizona Water Institute; and deputy director of the National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center for Sustainability of Semi-Arid Hydrology and Riparian Areas.
Ms. Jacobs’s board and advisory engagements, current and past, include the International Social Science Council, Joint Global Change Research Institute, U.S. Global Change Research Program, Water Education Foundation, American Meteorological Society Board on Global Strategies, California Water Foundation, and Arizona Nature Conservancy, among many others. She is a Senior Fellow of the National Council for Science and the Environment, has contributed to and chaired numerous National Academy of Sciences panels, and is recipient of the National Council for Science and the Environment Award for Outstanding Contributions and the Secretary of the Interior’s Partners in Conservation Award.