In 2010, Pima Association of Governments co-convened the Regional Water Assessment Task Force to assist the region in shaping its efforts to achieve a sustainable water future. A series of four computer network-based ThinkTank sessions were held to gain input and guidance on priority regional water issues as well as management options from stakeholders throughout the Tucson Active Management Area.
The Water, Environmental, and Energy Solutions (WEES) Initiative at the University of Arizona is funded through the Technology and Research Initiative Fund (TRIF), with the goal of strengthening research, industry engagement, workforce development, and interdisciplinary collaborations at UA.
As WEES Program Director, Ms. Zucker ensures that proposed investments are vetted through a transparent cross-disciplinary proposal review process, are aligned with WEES priorities, and that return on investment is tracked and reported. She coordinates the WEES Executive Committee and External Advisory Committee, builds understanding about WEES objectives and accomplishments through presentations and materials, and works within the UA Water Resources Research Center on a variety of WEES-linked projects. She also oversees the Water Network web portal, which connects the more than 28- faculty and researchers in 48 UA departments and programs that specialize in topics related to water, www.water.arizona.edu. As part of this effort, she provides faculty and researchers with key information about research, grant, and student opportunities through the Water Network Faculty Listserv.
Ms. Zucker holds an undergraduate degree in Geosciences from the University of Tennessee and a Master’s degree in Geosciences from University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining the UA, she worked as a consulting hydrogeologist before beginning a 23-year career in watershed management, Clean Water Act planning, urban planning, and municipal coordination at Pima Association of Governments, a Tucson region metropolitan planning organization.