Scott Rayder, an AMS Member, is Senior Advisor to the President of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. He provides strategic direction on UCAR budget and policy issues, and brings extensive experience in building relationships and opportunities with a wide range of funding organizations, including the United States Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the United States Geological Survey, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Department of Defense, as well as private sector companies. Mr. Rayder has worked with senior officials in the federal executive branch as well as Congress, focusing on programs supporting weather forecasting, climate monitoring, and environmental analysis. As Chief of Staff to NOAA Administrator Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., United States Navy (Retired), Mr. Rayder was charged with formulating, guiding and integrating policy, budget, and program initiatives with senior management to ensure consistency across its diverse program responsibilities, both within NOAA and with NOAA's partnering organizations. Prior to this, Mr. Rayder was the Director of Government Relations at the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE). My Rayder was also a professional staff member with the House Committee on Science, where he gained valuable experience overseeing a number of programs/issues that included the Advanced Technology Program, Mir Space Station, US ocean science programs, and US satellite technologies. Mr. Rayder was awarded a Presidential Management Intern position with NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. After several years there, he went on to NOAA's Office of Constituent Affairs, where he worked with stakeholders to improve the delivery of services to its customers. Mr. Rayder has a BA degree from Hamilton College with a dual major in government and geology. He earned a Masters in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He is married, and he and his wife celebrated the birth of their fifth child last year.