Douglas Hilderbrand

Douglas Hilderbrand

I will work tirelessly to protect, nurture, and strengthen the “S” in the American Meteorological Society. Now more than ever we need each other – for our career development, professional successes, and even our mental health. Science continues to be attacked. Tomorrow’s problems are becoming increasingly complex. Environmental, technological, and human forces can feel overwhelming. I want to double down on what makes AMS so great – its people. I will spend each day focused on the well being of “the Society.” Everyone should feel included, that they are able to see themselves as a critical part of AMS. I see a need to create easier outlets for idea sharing, feedback, and networking. I will work to identify partnership opportunities across the academic, industry, and government sectors. I think AMS has a greater role facilitating commercialization of innovative research and ensuring the scientist of the future has the optimal blend of skills. From Artificial Intelligence to human behaviors, from tornado detection to seasonal forecasting, there is so much value in building multi-disciplinary, diverse, and collaborative connections across the Society. We have a lot to learn from each other. We have a lot to benefit from one another.

My passion is connecting people – and connecting ideas. In my role leading the Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador program, I have spent a decade helping create thousands of partnerships across all sectors and disciplines with a shared goal of strengthening community resilience. Success for me has always involved fully embracing collaboration and partnership – a skill honed by my experiences in AMS. What makes AMS so special is the reality that the more you participate as an AMS member, the more AMS gives back. For all that AMS has given me, it would be an honor to serve you as AMS President. 


Douglas Hilderbrand currently serves as the National Weather Service Preparedness and Resilience Program lead at their headquarters in Silver Spring, MD. In this role, he leads the Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors, StormReady, and SKYWARN programs. Hilderbrand is currently the AMS Chair of the Weather Band Committee, a member of the newly established Committee on Spirituality, Multifaith Outreach, and Science (COSMOS), and recently transitioned from current to past commissioner of the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise Commission. He also served as co-chair of the Building a Weather-Ready Nation: Enhancing Our Nation’s Readiness, Responsiveness, and Resilience to High Impact Weather Events Symposium for the past ten years since its beginning. 

For the past 20 years, Hilderbrand has held several roles within the National Weather Service, including as a communications specialist, a NOAA-wide team lead to better quantify and communicate forecast uncertainty, a research and innovation transition to operations lead, and as a NOAA policy adviser for weather and satellites. In all of these roles Hilderbrand brought colleagues and external partners together to achieve success. For example, the Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador program has grown to over 12,000 organizations working with NOAA to strengthen community resilience to weather, water, and climate threats. This coalition of organizations has helped reduce lightning deaths dramatically since 2016 with a record low in 2021. As an AMS commissioner, Hilderbrand added three committees representing emerging needs within the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise, and helped draft three AMS Statements – two related to community and individual preparedness during a pandemic.

Hilderbrand received his Bachelor of Arts degree in geology from Bucknell University, a Master’s degree in geology from the University of South Florida, and a Master’s degree in meteorology from North Carolina State University.