Sarah Kapnick
Sarah Kapnick
Chief Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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Sarah Kapnick is responsible for guiding the programmatic focus of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) science and technology priorities. Previously, Dr. Kapnick served as a physical scientist and deputy division leader at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL). Her work spanned seasonal climate prediction, mountain snowpack, extreme storms, water security, climate economics, and climate impacts. She was a recipient of the NOAA Albritton Outstanding Science Communicator Award, the American Geophysical Union Cryosphere Early Career Award, and the National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship award. Most recently, she served as a managing director at J.P. Morgan, functioning as senior climate scientist and sustainability strategist for Asset and Wealth Management, supporting sustainability and climate action efforts, and serving as an advisor on new business and investment opportunities and risks. Additionally, she co-founded a renewable energy forecasting startup and has held positions at a voluntary carbon registry and Goldman Sachs. Dr. Kapnick earned a PhD in atmospheric and oceanic sciences with a certificate in Leaders in Sustainability from UCLA and an AB in mathematics with a certificate in finance from Princeton University.

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