On May 19, 2021, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced that Dr. Mike Kuperberg is returning to USGCRP as Executive Director. This is his second stint in USGCRP leadership, having served previously as Executive Director from 2015 through November 2020. He is detailed from the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, where he has managed environmental research programs since 2003.
As Executive Director of USGCRP, Dr. Kuperberg is responsible for coordinating the research needs and investments of 13 federal agencies with interests in global change research. In this position, he works closely with OSTP and federal agencies, from program managers to Senate-confirmed political appointees. In his previous tenure with USGCRP, he oversaw the completion and release of the Fourth National Climate Assessment and the commencement of the Fifth.