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Jennifer Lacey

Jenn is the Regional Director for the Midcontinent Region, DOI Regions 3 and 5.   

Jenn leads the activities being conducted at six USGS Water Science Centers and five Ecosystems Science Centers across eleven states, spanning from the northern Rocky Mountains to the Great Lakes. Jenn has participated in several activities to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility including the USGS Diversity Council, the USGS Mentoring Program, and WISDom (Women in Science Dialogue), and well as leading the Region’s Diversity and Inclusion activities.  

Jenn began her USGS career at Earth Resources Observations Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls, SD in 1994 as a contracted Programmer on and then became a federal employee in the Computer Services Branch working IT Project Management.  In 2003, Jenn became the Project Manager of the NASA Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center at EROS, where she managed the archive and distribution of the NASA land data products. In 2009, Jenn was selected as the Branch Chief of the Observing Systems, where she was responsible for the operations of the Landsat satellites, development of the ground system for future missions, new partnerships for satellite imagery, calibration, and validation of satellite data, as well as the National Land Imaging Requirements effort.