RISE 2019 Conference

Transforming University Engagement In Pre- and Post-Disaster Environments: Lessons from Puerto Rico

Ellen Mecray

NOAA Regional Climate Services Director- East



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Ellen Mecray is NOAA’s Regional Climate Services Director for the Eastern Region, based in Norton, Massachusetts. In this role, Mecray helps bring NOAA’s climate information to other federal agencies as well as regional, state, and local geographies and specific sectors of importance to the eastern region. Mecray is also the Federal Coordinating Lead Author for the Fourth National Climate Assessment, Northeast Chapter and an author on the Energy national chapter. She recently served as acting Director of the National Geophysical Data Center in Boulder, CO. Prior to joining NOAA, Mecray was an oceanographer with the US Geological Survey’s Coastal and Marine Geology program conducting research on urban contamination of coastal sediments. Before her federal career, Mecray taught chemistry and environmental science at the Williston Northampton School in MA. For over 20 years, Mecray’s teaching, research, and leadership have focused on efficient, cross-sectoral collaboration among inter-and intra-agency partners. Mecray holds a B.A. in geology from Colgate University and a M.S. in geological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. She lives in Falmouth, MA with her husband, daughter, two golden retrievers, and a hamster.