Laura Furgione, a nearly two-decade veteran of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will serve as acting assistant administrator for the National Weather Service.
In a May 25 announcement, NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco said shewill succeed Dr. Jack Hayes, who announced his plans to retire from his post.
Furgione will be responsible for day-to day civilian weather operations for the U.S. and its related territories and waters.
She most recently served as deputy assistant administrator for NWS and assistant administrator for the agency’s office of program planning and integration.
Furgione also previously spent time in Alaska as director of NWS’ Alaska region, overseeing operational and scientific climatological, meteorological, hydrological, volcanic ash and tsunami warning programs.
Lubchenco said Furgione helped advance NOAA’s Arctic strategy and examined ways to address the weather agency’s workforce planning, among other areas.