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NOAA Environmental Leadership Seminar Series: FY22 Presenters

Presenters are listed according to the Fiscal Year calendar October 2021 to September 2022.



September 14th 

2-3 pm

Title: Everyone has a story, what's your leadership story?

Speaker: Paul M. Scholz, Deputy Assistant Administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) National Ocean Service (NOS)


August 4th

3-4 pm

Title: Reflections on Leadership in an Environmental Agency

Speaker: John Cortinas, PhD;  Director Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML), OAR, NOAA


June 14

2-3 pm

Title: NOAA’s Role in the Whole-of-Government Effort to Address the Climate Crisis

Speaker: ​Wayne Higgins, Ph.D.; Director of NOAA's Office of Oceanic Research, Climate Program Office


May 10

2-3 pm

Title: Science for the Largest Environmental, Social, and Economic Challenge of the Century

Speaker: Steven Thur, Ph.D., Director, NOAA NOS National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science 


April 12

2-3 pm

Title: Professional Excellence at NOAA: A Diversity of Perspectives

Watch Now: ; This event was pre-recorded



  • Dr. Sim Aberson, Meteorologist, NOAA/OAR, Atlantic Oceanographic & Meteorology Lab, Miami, FL 

  • JoAnn Becker, Senior Aviation Meteorologist, NOAA/NWS/AWC/Aviation Operations Branch, Kansas City, MO 

  • Degui Cao, Oceanographer, NOAA/NOS/COOPS/Coastal Hazards Branch, Silver Spring, MD 

  • LT Erick Estela, NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, NOAA/OMAO, Newport, OR

  • Dr. Tom Jamir, Senior Advisor on Organizational Excellence, NOAA/NMFS Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, Gloucester, MA

  • Artara Johnson, Physical Scientist, NOAA/NOS/COOPS, Business Operations Division, SIlver Spring, MD 

  • John Moore, Meteorologist, NOAA/NWS/National Weather Service Operations Center, Silver Spring, MD

  • Neavaly Touray, Program and Management Analyst, NOAA/SO/CAO Facilities Operations Division, SIlver Spring, MD

  • Dr. Hernan Garcia, Oceanographer, NOAA NESDIS NCEI.

The webinar was moderated by Dr. Letise LaFeir, Senior Advisor at the NOAA Office of the
Under Secretary/Administrator, in Washington, DC 

March 8

2-3 pm

Ko Barrett
, NOAA's Senior Advisor for Climate 

Title: Equity in Climate Science and Policy


Feb 8

2-3 pm 

Monica Grasso, Ph.D.; NOAA Chief Economist, Performance, Risk and Social Science Office, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, NOAA

Title: Valuing NOAA Products and Services: Connecting to Society through Economics and Social Science


Jan 11

2-3 pm

Janet Coit, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Deputy Administrator, as well as the Assistant Administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

Title: NOAA Fisheries' Unique Role in the Marine World


Dec 9

2-3 pm

Richard W. Spinrad, Ph.D., Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere & NOAA Administrator

NOAA's role at the intersection of environmental stewardship and economic development


Nov 10

1-2 pm

Kenneth Graham, Director, National Hurricane Center, NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS)

Top Ten "Gotchas" - an opportunity to improve ​NOAA NWS Impact-Based Decision Support Services (IDSS)


Oct 12

2-3:30 pm

                             NOAA Assistant Administrators Look at the Year Ahead; First Annual NELS Panel Discussion

Panel of NOAA Assistant Administrators: Mr. Craig McLeanDr. Louis Uccellini, RDML Nancy Hann, Ms. Nicole LeBoeufDr. Steve VolzMs Janet Coit. Moderator: Louisa Koch (NOAA Education Director)