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Northern WOD

18th Annual Women of Distinction

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Hotel du Pont


About the Honoree
Kate Hackett
Executive Director, Delaware Wild Lands

Ms. Hackett has more than 20 years of leadership experience in land and water conservation and management. Her work in the environmental arena includes land acquisition, protection of water resources, public policy, government relations, fundraising, and constituency building. When Governor Carney was elected, he appointed her to serve on his Transition Team.

Throughout Ms. Hackett’s career, she has successfully implemented regional initiatives that improve the quality of natural resources and also protect the economic vitality of working landscapes. She has collaborated on these issues with a broad range of stakeholders, including: local residents; landowners; non-profits; advisory boards; local, regional, state, and Federal governments; and environmental organizations. Her geographic experience includes work in the Mid-Atlantic, northern front of the Rocky Mountains, Great Lakes region, Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, and northeastern Africa (Nairobi, Kenya, and Eritrea).

Prior to joining Delaware Wild Lands in 2011, Ms. Hackett worked for The Nature Conservancy, USDA Forest Service, the Eritrean Ministry of Water Works, and UNICEF. She holds two bachelors’ degrees from Yale University (BA in Political Science and BA in Environmental Studies) and a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Michigan, Ford School of Public Policy.

Ms. Hackett lives in Wilmington with her husband, Dr. Kent Messer, Professor of Food and Resource Economics at the University of Delaware, and their two daughters.

Nancy Targett - Interim President for the University of Delaware

About the Honorary Chair
Dr. Nancy Targett

Nancy Targett has been provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of New Hampshire since September 2016. Prior to coming to UNH, she was president at the University of Delaware and a member of the faculty from 1984-2016. She served as dean of UD’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment and director of Delaware Sea Grant from 2005 to 2015.

During her time at the University of Delaware, Targett led the development of two cross-university majors; supported the creation of a number of partnerships to enhance cultural exchange and advancement, including the Confucius Institute; spearheaded the transformation of the College of Marine Studies into the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment; and fostered the development of a university-wide entrepreneurial innovation ecosystem.

Targett earned her doctorate in oceanography at the University of Maine. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, and she earned her master’s in marine science at the University of Miami. A nationally recognized expert on ocean issues, she is past chair of the board of trustees of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership and past treasurer of the Sea Grant Association. She has served on the Ocean Studies Board at the National Academy of Sciences and the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council.