Nicholas Rome, Senior Program Manager for Ocean Observing Programs at UCAR’s Center for Ocean Leadership coordinates activities across U.S. science and technology agencies and global intergovernmental organizations. Nick’s career spans well over a decade of programmatic and strategic support to agencies on national and international organization policy issues associated with developing, operating, and maintaining ocean observing systems including data sharing and management. As the primary interagency liaison between regional, national, and international stakeholders that includes both government and non-government officials, Nick plans, formulates, initiates, and executes complex activities between U.S. federal agencies, including the Office of Science and Technology Policy,National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and others on a variety of ocean science, technology, and policy activities. He also manages the planning, preparation, operation, and coordination of actions, communications, and reports for participating U.S. federal agencies and international bodies in coordinating the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), U.N. Decade for Ocean Science and Sustainable Development programs, and activities associated with the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS).
Nick received his Master's degree in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. He also holds a Bachelors of Science in Ecological Restoration from Arizona State University. He previously worked at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute as an analyst for the National Ocean Economics Program (now the Center for the Blue Economy at the Middlebury Institute) and has held various other positions with local and federal environmental agencies. Nick is based in Seattle, WA, where he also serves as a University of Washington affiliate for the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS).