Dr. Louis Uccellini is Director of the National Weather Service where he leads the mission of the agency to provide weather and water, and climate data, forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property and enhancement of the national economy. He champions close partnerships with emergency managers and understands how the public benefits from coordinated and consistent messages in the fact of extreme weather and water events. He is passionate about creating a Weather-Ready Nation and encourages the workforce to build relationships with their local emergency managers and to provide timely and consistent decision support services. Dr. Uccellini leads a workforce of over 4,000 employees who serve the public throughout the United States. He encourages excellence in science, technology, service and communication. He also serves as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the World Meteorological Organization where he spearheads efforts to engage the full Weather Enterprise in addressing societal challenges posed by extreme events. Under Dr. Uccellinis leadership, the U.S. is sponsoring 8 pilot projects related to Building Weather Ready Nations based on the successful partnerships between the NWS and emergency managers in the U.S.