As of January 4, 2010, Katharine Jacobs is working in Washington DC at the Office of Science and Technology Policy on an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) mobility assignment and is the Assistant Director of OSTP for Climate Assessment and Adaptation. She is a professor in the University of Arizona Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona and is also affiliated with the recently established Institute of the Environment, working on climate adaptation and water management issues. From 2006-2009 Jacobs was the Executive Director of the Arizona Water Institute, a consortium of the three state universities focused on water-related research, education and technology transfer in support of water supply sustainability. She has more than twenty years of experience as a water manager for the state of Arizona Department 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, use of climate information for water management applications, climate change adaptation and drought planning. Her largest current project is a collaborative research partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation enhancing use of climate information for managing the Colorado River.
Ms. Jacobs earned her M.L.A. in environmental planning from the University of California, Berkeley. She was the author of the water sector chapter for the National Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Change, and a convening lead author of the Climate Change Science Program’s report on Decision-Support Experiments for Water Resources. She has served on eight National Research Council panels and was Chair of the NRC Panel on Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change and a member of the panel on America’s Climate Choices.