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The NIFA Climate Adaptation Plan was created through an inclusive and iterative process across NIFA’s institutes and with stakeholders. 

In December 2021, NIFA carried out an agency-wide survey to gather input about how NIFA’s mission is impacted by climate change and what actions could be marshalled to address identified vulnerabilities. The internal survey was followed by small group and individual interviews with NIFA staff. 

Additionally, NIFA conducted a stakeholder listening session and received written comments on this topic in January 2022.  

The teams below provided instrumental support through the ideation and drafting of the plan: 

Climate Adaptation Plan Leadership

Megan O’Rourke, Kevin Kephart  

Climate Adaptation Plan Executive Writing Team 

Megan O’Rourke (lead), Ari Caramanica, and Linsey Haram

Climate Adaptation Plan Writing Team 

Megan O’Rourke (lead), Ari Caramanica, Jim Dobrowolski, Sheila Fleischhacker, Amy Ganguli, Linsey Haram, Lydia Kaume, Erica Kistner-Thomas, Hannah Moshay, Nurun Nahar, Suzanne Stluka, Adam Wilke  

Internal NIFA Vulnerabilities and Actions Survey Team 

Ari Caramanica (lead), Linsey Haram (lead), Erika Kraus, Summer LaRose, Patrick Martin, Emma Moran, Adam Wilke 

Read the full report for further detail. 

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