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Jennifer Lacey

Jenn is currently the Deputy Regional Director for Science for the Midcontinent Region, DOI Regions 3 and 5.  In this capacity, she oversees the science activities, including safety and quality management system activities in the region. 

Jenn leads the science 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 lives in Sioux Falls, SD.

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.

Education and Certifications

  • Jenn has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Mathematics from the University of South Dakota.

  • She has also worked toward her Doctorate in Geospatial Science and Engineering at South Dakota State University.

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