In 2011, Sara joined the secretariat and contributed to the drafting of the first 5-year research plan. She has worked with the Executive Director, Staff Group and Principals to put in place the implementation and collaboration team structure and assisted with the development of the Collaborations website for sharing and communicating U.S. Arctic research undertakings. She began her career as a Presidential Management Intern in the Department of Commerce and from there held positions in the International Trade Administration and the Office of the United States Trade Representative. She served for five years in as a senior policy analyst for international affairs in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy before beginning her science management and administration career in the Arctic. She has served as the Executive Secretary for the Arctic Ocean Sciences Board (AOSB) and the International Arctic Science Committee ().
Web Manager / Communications Officer
Jessica joined the secretariat in 2014 to manage the newly launched website, Collaborations. As the Web Manager and Communications Officer, she performs many functions for , including managing the Collaborations website and its community of over 1200 users, outreach materials and campaigns, and the Public Webinar Series. In addition to her research background is in fisheries science and science communication, she has developed websites for science based organizations since 2008.
Meredith recently completed her Master's in Environmental Policy at Bard College, where she focuses much of her independent studies on Arctic issues, and her thesis focused on understanding knowledge exchange within Collaboration teams. She recently relocated to Anchorage, Alaska, where she will work closely with the Alaska-based Collaborations community.