A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
As University Program Manager for the Northwest Climate Science Center at the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, Oregon State University, Josh Foster is responsible for implementing administrative and management activities connecting the core university partners and consortium members as well as conduct of the annual climate “boot camp” training. He has over 20 years of experience working on climate change science and policy in the federal and non-profit sectors including over 18 years working on climate adaptation. Prior to this position, he managed the Urban Leaders Adaptation Initiative at the Center for Clean Air Policy, Washington, DC. He was a program manager in the Climate and Societal Interactions Program at the NOAA Climate Program Office (Silver Spring, MD) for 13 years helping to develop the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments Program, the National Integrated Drought Information System, and managing the Transition of Research Applications to Climate Services Program. He also served on the White House Sub-Committee on Water Availability and Quality, and participated in development of the Nobel Prize Winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Third Assessment Report (2001).
Josh has a joint Masters from Yale University in International Relations and in Environmental Management, and a B.A. in International Relations and Environmental Policy from UMASS at Amherst, with a minor in Latin American Studies.