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Phyllis Gunn
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305-3328


Professional Research Assistant

Prior to my work as a Professional Research Assistant with the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences (CIRES), I was a Federal program analyst/manager for 38 years.  I conducted long-range planning and program analyses, managed high-dollar labor contracts for R&D and IT projects, formulated budget requests for programs and projects, represented NOAA in the design and construction of its Boulder, Colorado research center, and assisted the NOAA Comptroller with policy and budget issues. 


  • 1975 - Bachelor of Arts, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio
  • 1996 - Masters in Environmental Policy and Management, University of Denver


  • 1975-1985 Interstate Commerce Commission, Office of Transportation Economics, Washington, DC
  • 1985-1988 U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Chief of Staff, Long-Range Planning Division, Washington, DC
  • 1988-1990 NOAA, Office of the Controller, Policy and Planning Division, Washington, DC
  • 1990-1996 NOAA, Office of Administration, Facilities Consolidation Office, Boulder, CO
  • 1996-1999 NOAA, Environmental Research Laboratories, Office of Director, Boulder, CO
  • 1999-2013 NOAA, Forecast Systems Laboratory/Global Systems Laboratory, Office of the Director, Boulder, CO
  • 2013-Present  Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at NOAA, Global Systems Laboratory, Boulder, CO

Honors and Awards

  • 12/1998 - DOC Bronze Medal Award for serving on the Boulder Building Committee
  • 2/2015 - DOC Bronze Medal Award for assisting with 100th Science On a Sphere installation