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Deborah Amaral joined the School of Government in 2015 as an adjunct instructor in the MPA@UNC program. Previously, she worked for the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources Ecosystem Enhancement program as supervisor of business analysis and reporting from 2011–2014, and she supervised watershed planning and project implementation from 2005–2011. She currently serves as vice president of the Board of Directors of the Cape Fear River Assembly, and has also served as president and treasurer of the Haw River Assembly. She has held prior academic appointments at UNC-Chapel Hill in Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Health Policy Administration, and Public Policy. Amaral is also an adjunct assistant professor in Environmental Studies at Elon University, and the founder and managing director of the Handy Village Institute. She earned a BA from Reed College, an MS in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. Her postdoctoral fellowship was with the American Chemical Society, in which she served as a legislative assistant for Senator Max Baucus of Montana.