Aimee Devaris is the Regional Director for the Alaska Region. In this position, she reports to the Deputy Director and provides scientific leadership, management, and direction to the Alaska Science Center, Volcano Science Center, and multidisciplinary project personnel located within the Alaska Region.
Aimee provides broad leadership supporting and representing the full extent of USGS science capabilities, including energy and mineral resource development, global change, hydrology, ecology, natural hazards, and coastal resilience.
Career History and Highlights
For 21 years, Aimee held progressively responsible positions within the National Weather Service (NWS) field offices including hydrometeorological technician, general forecaster, hydrology specialist, and warning program meteorologist. At NWS Headquarters, she provided leadership for the agency’s quality assurance activities by measuring performance through forecast verification and assessing customer satisfaction with service delivery. In this role she oversaw major reviews of Hurricane Charley, the Baltimore Ferry Accident, and Hurricane Katrina. Aimee was awarded a DOC Silver Medal in November 2006 for coordinating the NWS role in the recovery mission for the grounded Selendang Ayu cargo ship in the Bering Sea. Aimee then served as the Executive Officer for the NWS Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services coupled with a matrix position within NOAA to lead the budget planning to support the NWS Strategic Plan and the transition of NOAA research into operations.
As the NWS Regional Director for Alaska, she was responsible for all operational and scientific meteorological, climatological, hydrological, and oceanographic programs in the Alaska Region, including observing networks, forecast techniques, products and services, and information technology. She was responsible for the Region's $40M budget and managed a team of scientists, IT specialists, engineers, maintenance technicians, and administrative professionals working at several forecast centers in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau, and a number of remote weather stations in Alaska. She developed strong partnerships across the State and beyond among science-based organizations, media, emergency management, international partners, and the academic community.
Aimee holds a master of science degree in engineering and science management from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and a bachelor of science degree in meteorology from Texas A&M University.