Marcy Rockman, PhD, RPA has nearly 10 years experience working on climate change response and disaster risk reduction in the federal government.

From 2011-2018 she served as the inaugural National Park Service (NPS) Climate Change Adaptation Coordinator for Cultural Resources. In this role, she was responsible for identifying and developing adaptation responses for the impacts of climate change on the cultural heritage of the United States. Her accomplishments here include publication of the 2016 NPS Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy, which has become a standard reference in the field of cultural heritage and climate change both in the United States and globally.

From 2009-2011, she was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Homeland Security Research Center. In this role, she addressed social science gaps in risk communication plans. One of her proudest moments was making archaeological findings relevant to White House risk communication guidelines in the event of a nuclear detonation.

Marcy is an archaeologist by training with a research focus in how humans gather, remember, and transmit environmental information, particularly during colonization and migration. Prior to coming to Washington, DC, she spent seven years working in cultural resources management in several Western states and has experience in compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act. She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona and her major research publications include Colonization of Unfamiliar Landscapes: The Archaeology of Adaptation and Archaeology in Society: Its Relevance in the Modern World.

Marcy also holds a leadership role with the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and is working with them to improve representation of cultural heritage in the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In her spare time, she studies ballet and has a thing for British mystery novels.