Letter from our director
In 11 years as the Director of NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program, I have gained valuable insight into the importance of ocean acidification science, our immense stakeholder network, and the public our program serves. OAP and our partners benefit tremendously from the diverse perspectives of all groups with which we engage and collaborate. The expertise and insights of OAP’s employees, partners, and community members enable us to move forward in supporting NOAA’s mission to understand our natural world and protect its valuable resources.
I strongly support diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) initiatives at all levels and reaffirm my commitment to ensure OAP supports our community and those impacted by our work across the nation. At OAP, we work toward our goals through mindful workforce development, mentorship and monetary support of young professionals, transparency and accountability in all program activities, and identification of inequities in our current system. This necessary mission requires a sustained commitment, regular self-reflection, and long-term action to create an inclusive environment that is welcoming and supportive of all.
I look forward to learning more and evolving as a program as we all take steps toward a brighter future.
Director, NOAA Ocean Acidification Program