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Led by Laura Lautz, EMPOWER is a team of over 40 people, including the leadership team, affiliated faculty, staff, graduate students, and external advisors. Browse our full directory below, which includes the leadership team and our graduate student trainees, or check out the information about our affiliated faculty and external advisors.

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Deanna McCay

Program Manager, EMPOWER

In her role as program manager, Deanna McCay oversees program communication, budget administration, and academic program administration for this interdisciplinary NSF-funded program. Prior to her current position, she was an acquisition editor at Syracuse University Press where she edited books in geography, Middle East studies, regional studies, and Native American studies. She earned a BA in biology from Binghamton University, an MS in ecology from The Pennsylvania State University, and a PhD in geography from The University of Georgia.…