IARPC Secretariat


Executive Director

Sara Bowden

Executive Secretary


In 2011, Sara joined the IARPC secretariat and contributed to the drafting of the first 5-year research plan. She has worked with the IARPC Executive Director, Staff Group and Principals to put in place the implementation and collaboration team structure and assisted with the development of the IARPC 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 (IASC).

Jessica Rohde
Web Manager / Communications Officer

Jessica joined the IARPC secretariat in 2014 to manage the newly launched website, IARPC Collaborations. As the Web Manager and Communications Officer, she performs many functions for IARPC, including managing the IARPC Collaborations website and its community of over 1200 users, outreach materials and campaigns,  and the IARPC 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 LaValley

Project Analyst


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 IARPC Collaboration teams. She recently relocated to Anchorage, Alaska, where she will work closely with the Alaska-based IARPC Collaborations community.

Kelley Uhlig

Environmental Intelligence Team Coordinator


Kelley is a current Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellow working with the NOAA Arctic Research Program. She is interested in learning more about the Arctic system and helping to identify opportunities and facilitate across disciplines. She earned her Master's in Marine Science from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at William & Mary. Her thesis focused on chemical contamination and bacterial colonization of microplastics, comparing between bio-based and conventional petro-based plastics. 

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