Amanda Farris (she/her) is a Social Science Research Coordinator with the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment (IonE) and Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership (MCAP). Based in Charlotte, NC Amanda is also the Program Manager for the Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments (CISA), an applied climate research team at the University of South Carolina Department of Geography. In each of these roles, Amanda helps to coordinate research, collaborate with regional partners, translate and integrate climate data and information into decision-making, and build networks of climate adaptation practitioners. She helped to establish a national citizen science drought impacts monitoring and reporting program through her work with CISA. She is also supporting a project with IonE colleagues to improve visual drought and hazards communications in collaboration with the NOAA Climate Prediction Center and National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS).
A key component of Amanda’s work is bridging the gap between climate science and stakeholder communities through network building. Her work with MCAP builds on over 10 years of related experience. She is co-chair of the Program Committee for the National Adaptation Forum and serves as mentor for the American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) mentorship program. She was the lead organizer for the biennial Carolina’s Climate Resilience Conference from 2014 to 2021.