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Kristin Jacobs joins NICHI to oversee leadership training on water issues

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State Rep. Kristin Jacobs has joined the National Institute for Coastal & Harbor Infrastructure (NICHI) as national director of leadership development.

The Coconut Creek Democrat is a former Broward County mayor and currently represents House District 96, which covers the cities of Coconut Creek and Margate.

Jacobs’ water management experience includes a key role in the 2011 Broward Leaders Water Academy, a panel that addressed several water-related issues in South Florida and specifically Broward County.

In 2013, President Barack Obama named Jacobs to the 26-member White House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, the only Floridian on the panel.

“Kristin Jacobs is exactly the kind of leader we need,” said NICHI CEO Bill Golden in a statement. “She is someone who not only has direct experience with coastal infrastructure needs in her former role as the mayor of Broward County, but knows how to build a team of highly informed and effective leaders as demonstrated by her work with the Broward Leaders Water Academy.”

Jacobs’ new position allows her to oversee leadership academies, which recruit and train local elected officials facing inadequate or aging coastlines.

NICHI is a national nonprofit entity seeking to bring together both private and public interests to improve the national coastal infrastructure system and better deal with the impact of climate change.

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