As program manager for the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center (GLISA), Beth is responsible for managing the activities of NOAA's Great Lakes regional RISA. GLISA strives to contribute to the long-term sustainability of the region in the face of a changing climate and facilitate smart decision-making backed by scientific knowledge. Additionally, Beth directs the activities of the Graham Sustainability Institute's Climate Center. In both roles her core responsibilities include fostering the transfer of information on climate change and resilience from the research side at the University of Michigan (U-M) and Michigan State University (MSU) to stakeholders throughout the region. Beth’s past positions include leading the U-M Graham Sustainability Institute's Great Lakes Adaptation Assessment for Cities (GLAA-C) project. The work of GLAA-C focuses on providing place-based information needed for developing and improving policy decisions and infrastructure investments related to climate adaptation in the Great Lakes region.
Through work collaborating with local, regional, and national level stakeholders, she has developed a keen ability to communicate effectively with diverse people on myriad natural resource management, community, and economic development initiatives. Beth received her master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from U-M.