Joel Widder, an active AMS Member, and a member (2012–2016) of the Steering Committee for the American Meteorological Society's Commission on the Weather and Climate Enterprise, is a Partner in Oldaker Law Group LLP in Washington, DC. He joined what is now the Oldaker Law Group in 2008. Before becoming a consultant, Mr Widder worked for the United States Department of Agriculture and then the United States Department of Transportation as an environmental planner. From 1982 to 2002, Mr Widder worked for the National Science Foundation, where he last served as the Deputy Director for the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs. Inh this position, he worked directly with the NSF Director, the National Science Board, the Office of Management and Budget, the White House Science Advisor's office, Congress, other Federal research and development agencies, and the external science and engineering community. Mr Widder was responsible for the development and execution of NSF's participation in the Congressional budget process (annual budget resolution, authorization legislation, and annual appropriations legislation) and the legislative oversight process. Before leaving NSF, Mr Widder also served for two years on detail to the Subcommittee on Veterans, Housing and Independent Agencies of the United States Senate's Appropriations Committee, where he had responsibility for issues related to research and education, including space and environmental sciences, for NASA, NSF, EPA, and OSTP. Prior to joining what is now the Oldaker Law Group in 2008, Mr. Widder was a senior Public Policy Advisor with Lewis-Burke Associates LLC. During his career as a government relations consultant for research and educational institutions he has represented many organizations, including the Association of Children's Museums, the California Institute of Technology, Columbia University and its Earth Institute, Florida State University, General Atomics, Georgia Tech, the National Association of Marine Laboratories, the National Ecological Observatory Network, Rutgers University, the Sea Grant Association, the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Tulane University, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois, the University of Southern California, and Vaisala Inc. Mr Widder is an original member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Environmental Information Services Working Group, which reports to the NOAA Science Advisory Board. He also is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board on Oceans, Atmosphere, and Climate of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. Mr Widder has a BS degree (1975) in natural resource management from the University of Maryland. He attended graduate school at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse.