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January 21, 2021

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February 4th Speaker Bio

Kathryn Jacobs, MLA

Ms. Jacobs earned her M.L.A. in environmental planning from the University of California, Berkeley. She has served on nine National Research Council panels and was Chair of the NRC Panel on Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change and a member of the panel on America’s Climate Choices. 

Katharine Jacobs is a faculty member at the University of Arizona in the Department of Soils, Water and Environmental Science and is the Director of the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS) within the Institute of the Environment. CCASS builds and supports climate change adaptation and assessment capacity at regional, national and international scales, based on climate science and service investments within the University. Jacobs has a broad array of applied research projects related to climate adaptation at local, regional and federal scales.


From 2010 – 2013, Jacobs served as an Assistant Director in the Executive Office of the President. Jacobs was the director of the National Climate Assessment, leading a team of 300 authors and more than a thousand contributors who wrote the Third NCA report. She also was the lead advisor on water science and policy, and climate adaptation, within the Office of Science and Technology Policy.


Prior to her work in the White House, from 2006-2009 Jacobs was the Executive Director of the Arizona Water Institute, a consortium of the three state universities focused on water-related research, education and technology transfer in support of water supply sustainability. She has more than twenty years of experience as a water manager for the State of Arizona Department of Water Resources, including 14 years as director of the Tucson Active Management Area. Her research interests include water policy, connecting science and decision-making, stakeholder engagement, use of climate information for water management applications, climate change adaptation and drought planning. 


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2020  WISE USA Scholarship winners
We are proud to announce the 2020 winners of our WISE Scholarship! 
Women Investing in Successful Education scholarships are awarded annually to girls enrolled in an Arizona college or university. 

This year's winners are Ci'Mone Rogers, Brianda Gonzalez, Caitlin Cardenas, and Azza Abdalla.  Congratulations!

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Meet our 2020 Live Your Dream Award recipients this year.

Teshaka McFadden,our 3rd place awardee, is a single mom of a 2 year old son.  She is a full-time student at Mesa Community College pursuing an Associate's degree in Nursing.  Her anticipated graduation date is June 2024.  Teshaka's ultimate goal is to obtain her Bachelor's degree in Nursing and to become a Registered Nurse.  For the past 2 years, Teshaka has faced homelessness.  Yet, she has been able to maintain a positive attitude and stay focused on her studies.  She is working on creating a better life for herself and her son.

Stephany Poe
, our 2nd place awardee, is a single mom of 3 girls ages 12, 11 and 8.  She works full-time while working towards her Bachelor's degree in Technical Management at Devry University.  Her anticipated graduation date is July 2020.  Stephany's goal is to obtain an Executive Leadership position in development of global business.  Stephany has also faced homelessness.  Her focus is reaching her educational goals, as well as helping others as a volunteer, helping women identify and remove barriers to wellness in their lives.

Sirrene Ayyad, our 1st place winner, is a single mom of a 6 year old son.  She is a  full-time student and manages her own cleaning business.  She is currently working towards her Bachelor's degree in Biology at Arizona State University.  Her anticipated graduation date is May 2021.  Sirrene's ultimate goal is to become a Dentist.  She also serves as a peer mentor and tutor helping others achieve their goals. 

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