Mary Glackin

Director of Science & Forecasting Operations, Watson Content & IoT Platform, IBM

  • Mary Glackin

Mary Glackin leads government affairs and weather forecasting for IBM's Watson Content & IoT Platform, which includes oversight of of public-private partnerships for The Weather Company, an IBM Business. As head of science and forecast operations, she provides oversight and direction to research and development and forecasting operations for B2B and consumer services. She also manages the company’s relationships with members of the weather enterprise, which includes government agencies nationally and internationally, academia and other private sector weather providers.

Glackin is active in the American Meteorological Society (AMS), where she leads efforts to transform the society to prepare for its next 100 years of service. She also serves on the visiting committee of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and on the executive committee of the Weather Coalition, an advocacy group that urges Congress and the Executive Branch to take on, promote and support programs to enhance environmental observations and weather forecasting capabilities.

Glackin has had a long and distinguished career in public service, including a five-year tenure as deputy under Secretary of Commerce for NOAA operations in Washington, D.C, a $4.8 billion/year agency with 12,000 people. She oversaw daily management of operations for oceanic and atmospheric services, research, and coastal and marine stewardship. She also served as the senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, acting assistant administrator for weather services and director of the National Weather Service in 2007, as the assistant administrator for NOAA's Office of Program Planning and Integration. She was deputy assistant administrator for the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service of NOAA, and represented NOAA to the U.S. Climate and Global Change Research Program for six years.

She is a Fellow of both the AMS and the National Academy of Public Administration, as well as a member of the National Weather Association and of the American Geophysical Union. Glackin has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland.