NOAA Board of Directors Representative

Lieutenant Cherisa Friedlander, NOAA

Lieutenant Cherisa Friedlander is currently serving on SSLA’s Board as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Corps Service Representative. Her responsibilities include participating in monthly board meetings, assisting with the planning for the annual Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium (JWLS), and representing a unique perspective of the nation’s smallest seagoing uniformed service, NOAA Commissioned Corps.

Cherisa has been an officer in the NOAA Corps for nine years, serving in missions that support NOAA. She recently spent a year in Antarctica as the station chief of NOAA’s Atmospheric Baseline Observatory and is currently serving in Newport, RI, as the operations officer aboard the fisheries survey vessel NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow.
Cherisa comes from a big service family, with her father having served more than 30 years in the U.S. Navy and her brother, also a lieutenant, currently serving in the U.S. Navy. Serving in NOAA Corps allows her to join her passions of science and service and she is always seeking out opportunities for leadership and self-growth.

Cherisa holds a B.S in Marine Biology from the University of Rhode Island and a M.S in Applied Marine and Watershed Science from California State University Monterey Bay.

Cherisa loves the water and can usually be found at the beach swimming, snorkeling, exploring lighthouses, and hunting for sea glass.

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