The Nature Conservancy: New Administrator Sullivan Brings Science Focus and Collaborative Skill to NOAA

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Senate confirms Kathryn D. Sullivan, Ph.D., as the tenth administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)


Arlington, VA   March 10, 2014

The United States Senate has confirmed Kathryn D. Sullivan, Ph.D., as the tenth administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the nation’s top science agency for climate, oceans, and the atmosphere.

“We’ve had the fortune of working with Administrator Sullivan for many years, and are grateful for her extraordinary knowledge and skill. Her scientific background is a tremendous asset, but she also has a remarkable ability to bring people together to achieve really critical, large-scale results,” said The Nature Conservancy’s Managing Director of Public Policy Lynn Scarlett. “We’re excited to have her confirmed in this important role.”

Sullivan has been acting in this role since February 2013. Prior to that, she was assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction and deputy NOAA administrator, and also performed as the agency's chief scientist. She is both an oceanographer and an astronaut—the first American woman to walk in space.

“NOAA and The Nature Conservancy are both science-based organizations with people on the ground in every U.S. state and locations around the world,” noted Scarlett. “Our shared understanding of what it takes to conserve resources for healthy oceans and air, as well as our shared commitment to do this work at a large scale, makes us natural partners. We’ve enjoyed great results from working with NOAA in the past, and we look forward to more of that in the coming years with the leadership of Administrator Sullivan,” concluded Scarlett.
 


The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.

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