about the team

Helping you make the world a better place.

Established in 2015, Madison River Group, Inc. is a strategic consulting firm dedicated to helping clients improve decision making through sound science, in particular related to issues around adapting to the impacts of climate change.

Thomas R. Armstrong, Ph.D.

president

tom@madisonrivergroup.com

Connect: LinkedIn    Follow: @MRGclimateTom

Dr. Thomas Armstrong is the President of the Madison River Group, LLC (MRG) which launched on January 1st, 2015.

Before joining to MRG, Dr. Armstrong served within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as the Executive Director of the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP); a 13 agency Federal Program with a $2.5B annual budget. Tom was a key player in the development of the USGCRP's new Ten Year Strategic Plan (2012-2021), the Third Quadrennial National Climate Assessment, the President's Climate Action Plan and a wide array of other Executive Office policies, Executive Orders and other activities related to the Federal climate change enterprise.  During his tenure, Tom also served as the U.S. Head of Delegation to the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report and helped lead the U.S. government's technical and policy-level reviews of numerous IPCC reports.

Before Joining the White House, Tom served as the Department of the Interior's (DOI's) Senior Advisor for Climate Change and was a key figure in the implementation of Secretary Salazar's Executive Order on climate change (S.O. 3289), as well as in the development of the Department's climate change-related policies, organizational elements, and budget strategies.  He also served as the Vice-Chair for Adaptation Science on the CENRS Subcommittee on Global Change Research (SGCR) and was the Principal for DOI to USGCRP.

Some of Tom's other responsibilities included serving as the Director’s Senior Advisor for the Global Change Programs at the U.S. Geological Survey, the DOI lead for the World Climate Conference, the United States Head of Delegation for the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), Chair of the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON), Associate to the Chair for development of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) response to the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Implementation Plan, a United States delegate for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, advisor on DOI's International Polar Year activities, a DOI Principal to the CEQ-OSTP-NOAA Climate Change Adaptation Taskforce, and Chair of the Science Committee for DOI's Climate Change Task Force.

Tom has also participated in numerous testimonies and briefings to various Congressional Committees and high-level briefings for the White House at various international forums regarding climate change, adaptation, and circum-Arctic activities.

Samantha E. Brooks

lead director for science, policy + programs

sam@madisonrivergroup.com

Connect: LinkedIn

Ms. Brooks joined Madison River Group in June 2015, as Lead Director for Science, Policy and Programs.

Before joining MRG, Ms. Brooks served for three years with the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) as Executive Secretary providing strategic advice and direction to the White House Subcommittee on Global Change Research (SGCR). Her principal responsibilities also included coordinating multi-agency, Federal climate science-policy activities and priorities as well as the chief liaison between the SGCR and the USGCRP.  Ms. Brooks also served as a member of the USGCRP Leadership Team focused on strategic planning and implementation planning, working with USGCRP leadership and staff to ensure that the USGCRP Strategic Plan and the breadth of related USGCRP priority activities were effectively implemented in a well-coordinated manner.

Sam's other duties included serving as a strategic advisor to the White House Climate Data and Tools initiatives including the Climate Data Initiative and Climate Resilience Toolkit; both critical elements of the President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. She also assisted in the development of USGCRP’s annual report to Congress, Our Changing Planet, which highlights interagency climate change research and interagency science-policy-budgetary activities conducted across USGCRP’s 13 Federal agency enterprise.

​Sam’s academic background is in international environmental policy with a particular focus on climate change. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from James Madison University and an M.A. in Global Environmental Policy from American University.  She also holds the title of Affiliate Professor in Political Science at Montana State University.

In her free time, Sam volunteers with a dog rescue organization and pets as many dogs as she can find.

Edward Dunlea, Ph.D.

chief scientist

ed@madisonrivergroup.com

Connect: LinkedIn

Dr. Dunlea joined Madison River Group in October 2016 as a Chief Scientist.

Before joining MRG, he worked for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine as a Senior Program Officer with the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate and the Polar Research Board. He was the study director on numerous studies on high profile topics in climate and atmospheric sciences, including climate intervention (geoengineering), subseasonal to seasonal forecasting, abrupt climate changes, and climate modeling. Additionally, he was the lead staffer for NAS’s Advisory Committee to the US Global Change Research Program, which provided input into and review of the Nation’s plans for scientific research on climate change and global change.

Ed has also worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as a Program Manager in the Climate Program Office, and held post-doctoral research positions in atmospheric chemistry at the University of Colorado and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ed holds a doctorate in physical chemistry with an emphasis on the chemistry of the atmosphere from the University of Colorado and an A.B. in chemistry from Harvard University. Ed is also an avid golfer, hiker, and Boston Red Sox fan.

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Kristina Sussman

ux/ui designer and marketing strategist

kris@madisonrivergroup.com

Connect: LinkedIn  Follow: @kksuss

With over 11 years experience in brand and marketing communication strategy, graphic and web design, Kristina is the UX/UI Designer and Marketing Strategist of the Madison River Group (MRG) Team to help communicate science into knowledge into action.

Before joining MRG, Kristina was the Lead Web Designer at the U.S. Geologic Survey for almost five years to help achieve its goal of creating an excellent user experience by making USGS science and information available, usable, and accessible in one Drupal website launched in April 2016. Her duties also included conducting stakeholder interviews to create the Information Architecture, designing the Drupal CMS website, migrating content, training for over 200 content managers, and developing other communication collateral including infographics, exhibits, presentations for their director, intranet design, training materials, and more.

As part of her past experiences, Kristina was a graphic designer at ENC Strategy, McLean, VA, Sallie Mae, Inc., Reston, VA, and Haifleigh Brand Works, Inc, Denver, CO., and designed variety of marketing and branding materials including logos, identity packaging, secondary icons, email marketing, proposal design, website design, landing pages, PowerPoint presentations, Word white paper templates, and signage. Clients include: Sun Microsystems (CO), TallGrass Beef (Chicago, IL), Magleby Construction (Lindon, UT),  Murray Motors BMW and Mercedes Benz Dealership (Denver, CO), Museum Residences (Denver, CO),  Bluetext (Washington, DC) Third Edition (Washington, DC), Govplace (Reston, VA), Hat Trick 3C (VA), Holiday For Hope (VA), Paolo’s (Washington, DC), and many more.

Taking her Dad's advice, Kristina has found a job that she loves, and everyday of work is a joy and pleasure. In her spare time when she isn't on her computer or working with the team, she enjoys priceless dance parties with her two daughters, husband, and pug, Malu, and spending time with family and friends.

 

michael gordy, Ph.D.

senior consultant and chief advisor

michael.gordy@gmail.com

Connect: LinkedIn

Michael Gordy is Senior Consultant and Chief Adviser to the President of Madison River Group. He has a long history of strategy consulting with companies large, medium, and small, and in recent years has consulted with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), along with other UN organizations.

Michael has a PhD in philosophy and began his professional life as a university professor in the United States, eventually leading a program in the Ethics of the Professions in the University Professors Program at Boston University. In 1981 he received a grant to write a book on a French political philosopher, and after two years living in France, with the manuscript completed, he decided to stay on in Europe, starting a small wine exporting business. In 1991 he began a new career as an organizational strategy consultant, working first for the Digital Equipment Corporation and then on his own. His clients have included some of the biggest companies in the information technology and communications sector, along with small and medium enterprises throughout Europe.

In recent years his focus has turned toward international organizations due to his interest in global health issues and international political economy. His path led him eventually to working with the WMO on climate change. He became acquainted with Tom Armstrong, the founder of MRG, and because they share fundamental values, he started working with MRG in February of 2017.

Michael lives with his wife in the Dordogne in Southwest France. He has two grown children and a grandson upon whom he dotes.

 

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Mountainous view with Madison River, Montana. flowing in the foreground over small and large rocks.
View of Anartica from airplane.
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Mountainous view with Madison River, Montana. flowing in the foreground over small and large rocks.
View of Anartica from airplane.
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Mountainous view with Madison River, Montana. flowing in the foreground over small and large rocks.
View of Anartica from airplane.
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Mountainous view with Madison River, Montana. flowing in the foreground over small and large rocks.