Allison Hacker graduated with a Biology degree from Haverford College in 2017. While there, a course in “Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility” challenged her to find the intersection between a community need and her skills and knowledge. With California’s recent drought in mind, she found that intersection in water resources. Allison pursued both community service and watershed science by serving two AmeriCorps terms with non-profit organizations in the Sierra Nevada. As a river scientist and education coordinator at Sierra Streams Institute, she conducted research and monitoring in the Bear and Yuba River watersheds, started a mentoring program for young women in science, and designed curriculum to engage students in citizen science. She served her second term with American Rivers where she worked on prescribed fire and meadow restoration projects throughout the Sierra. By specializing in water resources management, Allison hopes to address climate-induced changes to water supply and water quality in California with research-based policy and management.