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Jane Ballard

Jane Ballard

Smiling Jane

Jane is the Collaboration Specialist for the NERRS Science Collaborative. She helps lead the development and implementation of project and peer learning workshops, supports our competitive grant programs and a portfolio of collaborative research project teams, and contributes to our communications work.

Jane comes into this role after having worked with the NERRS in various capacities for five years. She began in 2016 as a NOAA Digital Coast Fellow with the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association (NERRA), where she focused on integrating ecosystem services into decision making, analyzing how research and tools resonate with stakeholders ranging from community commissions to congressional representatives. She has since continued working with the Reserve System as a consultant, developing and analyzing communication strategies and often working with researchers to create outreach products and congressional briefs.

Beyond the NERRS, she also has experience working in local land-use adaptation planning in California and for the past couple of years has contributed to marine-based projects in the French overseas territories of New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna. She earned her B.A. in Global Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also acquired a Masters in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School. She is looking forward to supporting the place-based and people-based network of the NERRS Science Collaborative with the Graham Sustainability Institute.