The American Meteorological Society (AMS) is a very special organization making a profound impact in our daily lives, not just domestically but across the globe. The Society’s most pressing challenges, such as membership growth, valuation, and that connection to “everyday lives” all circle back to our greater need to engage one another better and embrace others outside the Society in more meaningful ways. As an AMS Council member, I would work tirelessly to foster collaboration opportunities across academia, industry, and government, and identify growth areas for increased engagement such as with other professional societies, economic sectors, and vulnerable/underrepresented populations. Tough issues about our AMS community need to be addressed proactively, not just discussed and pushed off for another day. Diversity, inclusion, and a culture of working together for the benefit of all need to be top priorities. I will bring with me over two decades of policy, partnership, and crossdisciplinary experience, and continue to seek “breaking bread” opportunities with others in the Society.
AMS holds a special place in my heart—the mission, the science, the service. But more than all of that, AMS is so dear to me because of the people. I cherish all the relationships I have forged over the years and look to bring that collaborative spirit to AMS Council.
Jennifer Sprague-Hilderbrand is a senior advisor within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service’s (NWS) Office of Planning and Programming for Service Delivery. Sprague-Hilderbrand also serves as the social science cross-cut/program manager working to integrate the social, behavioral, and economic sciences across NWS.
Sprague-Hilderbrand received her Bachelor of Science degree in international affairs from Florida State University in 1997, her Juris Doctorate from American University’s Washington College of Law in 2002, and her Master of Arts in international service from American University in 2003.
Sprague-Hilderbrand began her career in government in the Florida State Senate and Florida House of Representatives before moving to the Washington, D.C., area. She worked first at the Department of Treasury and then the Department of Commerce, where she has worked for NOAA since 2005. During her 16 years at NOAA, Sprague-Hilderbrand worked first as a policy advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere and then at the National Weather Service and National Ocean Service filling various policy, congressional, and senior advisor positions.
Sprague-Hilderbrand has received a Department of Commerce Gold Award (2017) and two NOAA Administrator’s Awards in (2014 and 2016).