Ellen Mecray is NOAA’s Regional Climate Services Director for the Eastern Region, based in Taunton, MA. She joined NOAA in 2005 to serve as the lead for strategic planning for NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. In 2008, she moved to be regionally-based in New England in order to facilitate inter-and intra-agency dialog and collaboration on climate science. She is the lead for the New England Federal Partners climate working group, as well as the NOAA representative to multiple interagency efforts on climate in the eastern region. In addition, she leads a regional climate team internal to NOAA with members representing all of NOAA’s line offices and key regional partners. Prior to joining NOAA, Ellen served as an oceanographer with the US Geological Survey’s Coastal and Marine Geology program in Woods Hole, MA. Her research interests include geochemistry and coastal contaminants, and paleo-climatic reconstructions. She is published in a number of research journals including the Journal of Coastal Research, Environmental Geology, and Water, Air and Soil Pollution. Ellen holds a B.A. in Geology from Colgate University and a M.S. in Geological Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. She is a member of the Geological Society of America, the American Geophysical Union, the Geochemical Society, the American Meteorological Society, and the Sigma Xi Honor Society. Ellen lives in Woods Hole, MA, with her husband, daughter, and two golden retrievers all of whom love the ocean.