Ian Hancock
Environmental Policy, Climate Change Policy, Environmental and Recreation issues, Renewable Energy

Ian Hancock recently graduated from the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire, receiving a Master’s Degree in Public Policy. Ian’s graduate studies ranged from investigating the underutilization of offshore wind energy in the United States to understanding how climate change exacerbates infectious disease emergence and plays a vital role in shifting the habitats of vector-borne diseases. Before beginning graduate school, Ian worked for various organizations within the outdoor industry. Ian’s time working for the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) in the White Mountains of New Hampshire was the catalyst giving Ian a sense of responsibility and stewardship for these wild places. The AMC’s mission to “foster the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the outdoors” resonated with Ian and ultimately motivated him to pursue a career in environmental policy. More recently, Ian worked with the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP). Here, he undertook an assessment of water quality in the Salmon Falls Watershed that focused on local and regional water quality regulations, land conservation efforts, and community outreach. This assessment allowed Ian to collaborate with partners and stakeholders at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, and local land trusts, among other local and regional organizations. Ian’s work with PREP was an invaluable experience that exposed him to the inner workings of local, state, and federal agencies, as well as town governments and local nonprofit organizations. When Ian is not working on various personal projects, he spends most of his free time reading or doing outdoor activities. During the warmer months, Ian is an avid rock climber, hiker, and cyclist. In the winter, he spends a lot of his free time alpine ski touring and ice climbing. Ian loves to introduce people to the joys of outdoor recreation and has taught many of his friends, family, and colleagues how to rock climb. Today, Ian is looking to leverage his expertise to benefit organizations working to address environmental and sustainability issues.