Stu Levenbach is the Program Examiner for NOAA in the White House Office of Management and Budget in Washington, D.C. He works with NOAA and the Department of Commerce to provide budget, management, and policy recommendations within the Executive Office of the President. Before arriving at OMB, Dr. Levenbach was a Sea Grant Fellow working with the Republican staff for the US Senate Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard. The subcommittee's jurisdiction included oversight responsibility for NOAA and Federal climate science policy. Dr. Levenbach has a PhD degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he studied marine community ecology and his research is published in leading ecology journals. He has a BS degree in biology and political science from the University of Michigan. Dr. Levenbach managed a local reforestation program as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana.