Kathy Jacobs, an AMS Member, is the Assistant Director for Climate Assessment and Adaptation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She is on a mobility assignment from the University of Arizona, where she is on the faculty of the department of Soils, Water and Environmental Science. She is the Director of the National Climate Assessment and part of a team working to develop a national adaptation strategy. Ms. Jacobs recently chaired a National Research Council panel on climate change adaptation within the America's Climate Choices Project, and has served on six other Academy committees. From 2006-2009 Ms. 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 23 years of experience as a water manager for the state of Arizona, including 14 years as director of the Tucson Active Management Area, and has a master's degree in environmental planning from the University of California, Berkeley.