Dr. Sarah Kapnick
Dr. Sarah Kapnick, Managing Director, is Senior Climate Scientist and Sustainability Strategist for the Asset and Wealth Management (AWM) Strategy & Business Development organization. Dr. Kapnick supports AWM’s sustainability and climate action efforts and serves as an advisor on new business and investment opportunities and risks.
Dr. Kapnick joins J.P. Morgan from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), where she was a climate scientist and Deputy Division Leader on Seasonal to Decadal Variability and Predictability and Group Lead on Climate Risk. Dr. Kapnick led development of NOAA GFDL’s seasonal prediction products, climate risk quantification efforts, and worked with national and international partners to plan for extreme events and climate change. Her research included seasonal climate prediction, mountain snowpack, extreme storms, water security and climate impacts. Dr. Kapnick served as an expert and reviewer for NOAA’s Small Business Innovation Research Program, was a member of its Eastern Region Climate Team, sat on the science panel for Climate.gov, and was the NOAA team lead for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration High Mountain Asia Team.
Dr. Kapnick is a member of the American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Prior to her graduate studies when she became an expert in the hydroclimate—water in the climate system including snow, precipitation extremes, mountain hydroclimate and water resources—she spent two years as an investment banking analyst with Goldman Sachs covering financial institutions. She received a Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences with a Certificate in Sustainability from UCLA, and an A.B in Mathematics with a Certificate in Finance from Princeton University.