UC3 Team & Cohort

UC3 Program Support

Kathy Jacobs: Kathy Jacobs is the UC3 research liaison for the University of Arizona, a professor of Environmental Science, and Director of the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS).  CCASS is focused on building adaptation and assessment networks at multiple scales, and supporting on-the-ground adaptation efforts. CCASS is a component of the Arizona Institutes for Resilience.  From 2010 – 2013, Jacobs worked in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House. She was director of the Third National Climate Assessment, and the lead advisor on water science, policy, and adaptation. From 2006-2009 Jacobs was Executive Director of the Arizona Water Institute, a consortium of Arizona’s three universities focused on water sustainability. She worked 23 years for the Arizona Department of Water Resources, including 15 as the director of the Tucson Active Management Area.  Jacobs earned her M.L.A. in environmental planning from Berkeley.



Neha Gupta: Neha Gupta is the UC3 Program Coordinator for UC3 Program at the University of Arizona, where she focuses on advancing climate and sustainability action via collaborative projects between university and community partners, with an emphasis on building relationships and local capacity.  Neha Gupta is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Arizona's Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences pursuing research characterizing the cumulative watershed influence of green infrastructure on stormwater quality and quantity. She holds a M.S. in Hydrogeology  and a B.S. in Geology from Ohio University, and worked on soil and groundwater contaminant remediation prior to attending the University of Arizona.



Lauren Heath: Lauren Heath is an undergraduate student in the Sustainable Built Environments program at the University of Arizona. She has lived in Cave Creek, Arizona, her entire life, but has recently found her home to be within the University of Arizona and Tucson community. Lauren has been with the University Climate Change Coalition since the Fall 2020 cohort and worked on designing the Elders for Sustainability project, rejoining the Spring 2021 cohort as program assistant. Besides her UC3 commitments, Lauren is involved on campus as a Senator for the Associated Students of the University of Arizona, a dialogue facilitator for the Honors College Big Ideas Grand Challenges series, and as an ambassador for the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture. Being involved in her community has been extremely important to Lauren and she prides herself on working to make the University of Arizona and the Tucson community a more equitable and sustainable home for all.


Spring 2021 (Expanded Pilot Program)

Tara Doyle: My name is Tara and I am a senior double-majoring in Communication and Environmental Studies at the University of Arizona. I am a passionate sustainability advocate with a variety of environmental education and community outreach experience. Last year, I worked at a sustainable apparel company called Fed By Threads and at the Cooper Center for Environmental Learning. This year, I taught environmental science lessons for the Bio/Diversity project and started a new job at the Office of Sustainability, where I get to educate the public about food waste, food insecurity, and the benefits of composting! My goal is to make sustainability information more accessible to our University campus and our Tucson community. As a UC3 fellow, I will be working in partnership with the City of Tucson to create a new maintenance program for our Green Stormwater Infrastructure.



Danielle Hargett: Danielle Hargett is a marketing specialist in The University of Arizona College of Education. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Danielle feels fortunate to call Tucson – and its four surrounding mountain ranges – home. Outside of her full-time work commitments, she uses her marketing skills to organize Green Drinks Tucson, a monthly networking event for people interested in conservation and sustainability (although it’s on hold until gatherings are safe again). As a Biodiversity Ambassador for Defenders of Wildlife, she regularly advocates for wildlife and wild places by lobbying and contacting her representatives and writing letters to the editor. She also enjoys volunteering on ecological restoration projects to eradicate invasive plant species like buffelgrass and vinca. When she’s not working or volunteering, Danielle loves hiking, camping and cycling around Tucson.



Stella Heflin:

Stella is a sophomore at the University of Arizona studying Hydrology and Atmospheric Science with a double major in Applied Physics. She grew up in Columbia, Missouri but is most recently from Syracuse, New York. She is a member of Students for Sustainability and the UArizona Green Fund on campus. She is involved with the UC3 Collaborative Sustainability Fellowship Program because as a student studying weather and climate patterns, the evidence of climate change is all too real and unsettling. She recognizes that immediate policy change and systemic shifts towards more sustainable practices are needed, and she wants to help the University of Arizona and the Tucson community take these necessary steps towards a better future. As someone with interests not only in scientific research but also in science communication and science-based policy, she is thankful for the opportunities and training this program provides.



Emilio Corella: My name is Emilio Corella, I was born and raised in Tucson, AZ; where I now study as a graduate student in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. I graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Resources: Ecology, Management, and Restoration of Rangelands from the University of Arizona. After graduation I found work with the United States Department of Agriculture, where I found challenges related to climate change to be abundant. I returned to school at the University of Arizona, to learn more about the effects that climate change would have on our environment. In 2019, I was accepted to the Masters of Science program in Water, Society and Policy and I am now a fellow with the UC3 program, and I work on the Sopori Ranch project near Amado, AZ. I hope to use the knowledge I gain from this degree program and project to better understand and manage our natural resources into the future.



Amelia Marsh: Amelia Marsh was born and raised in Tucson, graduating from the University of Arizona in 2017, after studying Education and Information Science. She currently works at the Pima County Public Library in Downtown Tucson, as well as organizing with various climate justice organizations including Sunrise Tucson and the Tucson Climate Jubilee. She is particularly interested in community based energy as a pathway towards a just transition to a 100% carbon-free society that centers traditional knowledge and focuses on empowering and supporting our most vulnerable and over impacted communities. She is excited to be working with the City of Tucson to ensure that their public input process authentically collects and enacts upon the lived experiences and concerns of a representative range of Pima County residents.



Jennie Steyaert: Growing up in Colorado, Jen Steyaert spent countless summers hiking, camping and developing a passion for the outdoors. Attending a Jesuit high school, she participated in numerous service trips which further developed her desire to work on cultivating equality and promoting social justice in her daily life. As a graduate student at UA in the hydrology department, she dove into coursework and research projects that yield a deeper understanding of how drought has and will impact current water systems. Upon graduation she plans to pursue work in building sustainable water management strategies that support gender equality. Jen’s UC3 project combines her previous work in education with her passion for hydrology through prototyping classroom engagement strategies using the field hydrology class to develop a sustainable management plan for the Sopori property.