Mary C. Erickson
Deputy Director, National Weather Service
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Mary C. Erickson is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Deputy Assistant Administrator for Weather Services and the Deputy Director of the National Weather Service (NWS). Among her many roles, she leads the agency’s major change initiatives, supports management-labor relations, ensures its service delivery to key stakeholders and relationships with America’s Weather Industry are second-to-none, and directs its ongoing efforts to improve diversity and inclusion throughout the organization. Ms. Erickson has worked across NOAA for over 30 years to drive the transition of coastal ocean, ecosystem and weather research and development advances into applications and services for the country.
From 2013 through 2016, Ms. Erickson served as the Director of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science within NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS). This office works to enable NOS coastal strategies and priorities with the most innovative and applied ecosystem science solutions available. There she combined her physical science, statistical, and operations research background with extensive experience across NOAA to successfully move research and development to operations and applications. Recent efforts included building holistic sustainable solutions to coastal challenges like inundation, water availability and quality, natural and manmade disasters, and sustainable mixed use. Leveraging her passion to sustain natural systems for future generations, Ms. Erickson also served as the executive sponsor for the RESTORE Act Science Program, working to advance holistic understanding of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem to inform the management and restoration of Gulf resources.
From 2005-2014, Ms. Erickson served as chief of the Coast Survey Development Laboratory, a division within the NOS Office of Coast Survey. In this position, she directed a lab focused on developing and improving cartographic, hydrographic, information technology and oceanographic systems in support of safe and efficient navigation and sustainable, healthy coasts. She actively developed partnerships with other agencies, universities, and the private sector to transfer advanced techniques and technology to effective applications and operations.
Prior to coming to NOS, Ms. Erickson worked as a research meteorologist for more than 20 years in the National Weather Service (NWS) Office of Science and Technology. Her early work and publications centered on statistical techniques and model post processing within the Meteorological Development Laboratory. Later, she managed a wide portfolio of science projects across NWS, serving as Deputy of the cross-NOAA strategic goal team for Weather and Water.
Ms. Erickson is a long time student of leadership and has completed advanced management training at the Federal Executive Institute. She has served as a formal mentor for the LCDP program for nearly a decade, with a preference for using a coaching approach. Her bachelor’s degree in Meteorology is from Pennsylvania State University and her master’s degree in Operations Research and Statistics is from George Mason University.
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