IARPC Secretariat

larry hinzman

Larry Hinzman

Executive Director

Larry Hinzman is the Assistant Director of Polar Sciences in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Executive Director of the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee. He recently served as the Vice Chancellor for Research and as a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Hinzman served as the Director of the UAF International Arctic Research Center from 2007 to 2015. Professor Hinzman's primary research interests involve permafrost hydrology. He conducted hydrological and meteorological field studies in the Alaskan Arctic continuously for over 35 years while frequently collaborating on complementary research in the Russian and Canadian Arctic. He has served as a member of the U.S. Polar Research Board and as the U.S. delegate and president of the International Arctic Science Committee. He is strongly committed to facilitating national and international partnerships to advance our understanding of the Arctic and Antarctic systems.

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Natalie Wagner

Acting Executive Secretary

Natalie Wagner is State Engineer and Environmental Coordinator for the Department of Agriculture with Rural Development, focusing on water and waste infrastructure and community facilities in rural Alaska. She is also temporarily serving as the Executive Secretary of the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee. She received a B.S. in Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a M. S. in Civil Engineering, Water Resources from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She has been in Alaska since 2013 and is based in Eagle River. Prior to working for USDA, she worked for the State of Alaska in the State Revolving Fund and for the Wastewater Discharge Programs in Alaska, and worked internationally, mostly in Norway, on the research and development team for a fortune 100 company.

Sorina Stalla

Implementation Director

Sorina started with IARPC in 2020 and serves as a the Biennial Implementation Plan Development Director. Sorina's past work has focused on different aspects of partnership development, improving science-policy interfaces, and enhancing education initiatives aimed at the federal workforce. She holds a Masters Degree in International Environmental Policy and Ocean and Coastal Resource Management and is based in Boulder, Colorado.

Liz Weinberg

Liz Weinberg

Engagement Director

Liz Weinberg (she/they) joined IARPC in 2020. She previously served as the digital outreach coordinator and writer/editor for NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, where she focused on increasing public engagement in and awareness of marine protected areas. Liz has a background in science communication and writing: she holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Washington, and is the author of a book of essays about climate change, wilderness, and queerness. She is based in unceded Chinook lands / Portland, Oregon.

Meredith LaValley

Policy Analyst & Director of IARPC Collaboration Team Activities

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.

Hazel Shapiro

US AON Program Assistant

Hazel joined the IARPC Secretariat in 2020 as the US AON Program Assistant. She has a BA in Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College where she studied regional weather patterns in Denali, AK. Since then, she has been working in the conservation/non-profit sector, often focused on collaborative project management.

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John Nauliar Orr

Indigenous Engagement and Communication Specialist

Nauliar/John joined IARPC in 2023 as the Indigenous Engagement and Communication Specialist (IECS). Born on the Bering Sea coast, John was raised in Tununak on the island of Qaluyaat (Nelson Island) where he was taught by his grandfather Maklak and other Elders the traditional Yup'ik ways of being. He has a background in outreach and communication in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region on a variety of issues important to the Tribes and their members. He is now based out of Fairbanks, Alaska as a guest on Lower Tanana Dene Lands.

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Toni O'Boyle

Policy Analyst and Coordinator

Toni joined the IARPC Secretariat in 2023. After receiving a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, she started her career in public relations in Washington, D.C. Her years in the communications field involved team and project management, campaign strategy, and content development in the agriculture, pharmaceutical, energy, and manufacturing industries. Originally from northern Virginia, she is now based in Denver, Colorado.

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Alie Lepp

Knauss Fellow

Alie is a 2024 John A. Knauss Marine Science Policy Fellow in NOAA's Global Ocean Monitoring Program. She is actively involved with the IARPC Field Operations Community of Practice and leads the vessel and mooring matrices. Alie finished her PhD at the University of Virginia in 2023 before relocating to Washington, DC. Her graduate work and research interests involve improving our connections between subglacial processes and sedimentary archives recovered offshore of glaciers draining into the ocean, and taking action to move the polar sciences towards a more equitable, accessible, and inclusive field.