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Jessica Claire
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Executive Profile

Accomplished former U.S. Government and White House Executive with demonstrated ability to create a visionary enterprise, lead and empower a large high-performing workforce in order to provide clients with timely and high-quality mission-critical results.

Skill Highlights
  • Senior Executive Leadership in the Federal Government
  • Executive Leadership in Climate Change Research
  • Senior Advisor for Climate Change Policy
  • Expert in Federal Research Budget Development and Planning
  • Extensive High-level International Science-policy and Diplomatic Service
  • Extensive International Negotiating Experience
  • World-renowned, Trusted Science and Policy Communicator
Core Accomplishments

An Executive Leader:

Former White House Senior Executive serving as Executive Director of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP); a 13 Federal agency, $2.6 Billion (annual) climate change science, assessment and adaptation program- the largest climate research program in the world.

A Visionary and Strategic Thinker:

Spearheaded development of multi-agency research efforts funded as Presidential priorities including the Third National Climate Assessment (NCA3), the Global Change Information System (GCIS) and the USGCRP 2012-2021 Ten Year Strategic Plan.

An Effective Implementer:

Instrumental in the development of Secretarial Orders to all Department of Interior (DOI) Bureaus, establishing high-level climate change science and resource management policies while leading the development of an MOU on climate change science between the DOI and the Department of Commerce.

A Powerful Communicator:

Motivated audiences with more than 200 speeches, presentations, and a multitude of panels on a wide range of climate, energy and environmental issues. Provided ten formal testimonies and numerous briefings to Congress, numerous television and radio interviews, and briefings to a broad range of audiences, from the President to the youngest school children. Considered an expert in the translation of complex, multivariate science information into straightforward, cogent and relevant messages that are understood by all audiences.

Professional Experience
President and Founder, 2015 to Current
Madison River Group, LLCCity, STATE,
  • Built and leads successful private-sector business aimed at providing consultative services that enable and empower better science-based decision making.
  • Creates timely and responsive services for a wide array of private sector, non-profit organizations and universities regarding present and future climate change impacts as well as facilitating the development and use of methods to mitigate and adapt.
  • A trusted advisor across both parties' administrations, with the credibility and connections to access information from all parts of the Federal sector and the ability to work with all thought leaders in developing effective solutions for a wide array of client issues.
  • Serves as a formal U.S. representative to the Arctic Council and leads the highly recognized Arctic climate impact assessment, Adaptation Actions in a Changing Arctic (AACA).
  • Awarded the U.S. State Department's Climate Change Scientist of the Year; giving presentations on climate change and related impacts to a broad array of worldwide audiences.
Executive Director, U.S. Global Change Research Program, 01/2011 to 2015
Executive Office Of The President Of The United StatesCity, STATE,
  • Successful in dual role as White House Senior Advisor and USGCRP Executive Director.
  • Accountable as Chief Executive Officer to a 13 Federal agency science enterprise with a 2.6 Billion annual budget; the largest climate science program in the world.
  • Masterminded development of the annual White House (OMB-OSTP) directive on climate change science priority development; a guidance memorandum to all agencies on the establishment of upcoming and out-year climate change science priority development.
  • Ensured successful and on-time delivery of several worldwide recognized publications, including the Third Quadrennial National Climate Assessment; considered by many experts to be the single-most useful high-level climate assessment developed to date.
  • Responsible for annual reporting on the “state of climate change” to Congress (known as Our Changing Planet).
  • Led interagency budget planning and coordination with four years of successful budgetary growth.
  • Provided Executive Office-level advice and guidance on numerous climate science and policy matters, including the President's Climate Action Plan, the Climate Data Initiative, the Climate Resilience Toolkit, the annual development of the President's Budget to Congress, the development of climate science and policy aspects of the annual State Of The Union Address and the establishment and implementation of the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Taskforce.
  • Participated in the development of numerous Executive Orders, Presidential Memorandums, and other Executive Office directives.
  • Led numerous Congressional staff and Member briefings on Federal climate change science and policy issues.
  • Co-Lead of the U.S. Delegation IPCC AR5 Working Group Two delegation; a member of the AR5 Working Group One delegation.
  • U.S. Head of Delegation to the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP); a working group of the Arctic Council.
  • Chair of the international body on monitoring asset coordination, Sustaining Arctic Observation Networks (SAON); a fourteen-country body sanctioned by the Arctic Council and the International Arctic Science Council (IASC).
Senior Advisor for Climate Change, 2009 to 01/2011
Department Of The Interior, Office Of The SecretaryCity, STATE,
  • Guided DOI HQ and Bureaus as Senior Climate ChangeAdvisor to Secretary Salazar.
  • Instrumental in development and implementation of Secretarial Orders on climate change policies across all DOI Bureaus.
  • Created and led the successful development of a Memorandum of Understanding on Climate Change Science Coordination (MOU signed by DOI Secretary Salazar and DOC Secretary Locke).
  • Participated in numerous Department- and Bureau-level Congressional Budget Hearings.
  • Key member of the DOI team supporting the President's Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Taskforce.
  • Lead DOI representative to the U.S. Delegation for UNFCCC.
  • Served as the DOI Executive lead to the U.S. Global Change Research Program.
  • Appointed by White House as USGCRP Vice Chair for Adaptation Science (served from 2009 until 2011).
Senior Advisor for Global Change Programs, 02/2006 to 2009
U.S.Geological Survey Office Of The DirectorCity, STATE,
  • Directly reported to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Director.
  • Provided USGS Director with science and policy advice on climate change.
  • Lead executive for integrating all of USGS’s disparate climate science projects and programs into a single, unified organization and budget activity.
  • Responsible for budget growth of USGS global change (climate change) from approximately $10M to approximately $70M in three years.
  • Provided direct advice and guidance on climate science and policy matters to several key Department leaders, including the Director of Budget (Pam Haze), the Assistant Secretary for Water and Science (Mark Limbaugh), the Deputy Secretary (Lynn Scarlett) and the Secretary (Dirk Kempthorne).
  • Led the Secretary's Climate Science Taskforce (upon request from Secretary Kempthorne) which established subsequent guiding principles on intra- and inter-agency science coordination, collaboration and communication, as well as the development of the DOI Climate Science Plan which was ratified and endorsed by President George W. Bush.
  • Served as the DOI representative on the U.S. Delegation to the Convention on a Global Framework For Climate Services (held annually in Geneva, Switzerland).
  • Participated on behalf of USGS and DOI in numerous Congressional Testimonies and formal and informal briefings to House and Senate Members and key staff.
  • Overall DOI and USGS lead for the development and finalization of three Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) Synthesis and Assessment (SAP) reports.
Ph.D.: Geological Sciences, Expected in Spring 1994 to Virginia Polytechnic Institute - Blacksburg, VA

Dissertation: Tectonic Evolution of the Appalachian Mountains, USA

Bachelor of Science: Geology, Expected in Spring 1986 to University of Massachusetts - Amherst, MA

Honors Thesis: Distribution and Petrogenesis of Igneous Rock-Types of the Ashuelot Pluton, Southwestern New Hampshire

Master of Science: Geology, Expected in Fall 1989 to University of Vermont - Burlington, VT

Thesis: Tectonic Evolution of the Pre-Silurian Taconide Zone, Central Vermont.

: Honors Chemistry, Expected in to University of Montana - Missoula, MT

Degree completed after transfer to University of Massachusetts.

Recent Honors & Awards
  • White House Science and Technology Superior Service Award for excellence in the planning and execution of the U.S. Global Change Research Program's 3rd Quadrennial National Climate Assessment,
  • Spring 2014 White House Science and Technology Superior Service Award for excellence in leading the development of the U.S. Global Change Research Program's 2012-2021 Ten Year Strategic Plan.
  • U.S. Government Superior Service Award recognizing outstanding professional achievement within the Senior Executive; 2011-2014.
  • Department of Interior Superior Service Award recognizing outstanding science leadership, 2009
  • U.S. Geological Survey STAR Award for outstanding service in the filed of science communications, 2009

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School Attended

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Montana

Job Titles Held:

  • President and Founder
  • Executive Director, U.S. Global Change Research Program
  • Senior Advisor for Climate Change
  • Senior Advisor for Global Change Programs


  • Ph.D.
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Science

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