Maddie Atkins

Maddie Atkins

Career Interests

Disseminating water science into effective policy and governance; Resilient water resources planning; Water and conservation finance.

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Water Resources Management
Leadership: Co-President, Duke Water Network; Co-President, Green Roof Workforce
BACHELOR OF ARTS, Dean’s High Honors, May 2015
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Majors: Environmental Geology; Environmental Studies
Minors: Political Science; Biology; Chemistry
Senior Thesis: Chemical fingerprinting of volcanic tuffs from Ethiopia to study paleoclimate

Professional Experience

Environmental Finance Researcher, University of North Carolina Environmental Finance Center, Chapel Hill, NC
Providing data analysis support to the water finance team. Currently performing a debt characterization and trend analysis of water utilities in North Carolina. Fall 2017 – Present.
Scientific Consultant, Duke Law School, Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, Durham NC
Providing confidential environmental science advising to a case team of six people in order to meet the goals of our client. Facilitate weekly case team meetings and met deadlines for deliverables to our client. Presented on behalf of our client to a state government agency. August 2017 – Present.
Graduate Fellow, Water Program, Natural Resources Defense Council, Chicago, IL
Performed an in-depth financial analysis of all 50 states use of their State Revolving Funds for financing drinking and wastewater infrastructure. Provided policy analysis on the National Flood Insurance Program to incorporate climate-smart solutions for repeatedly flooded homes. Conducted interviews with homeowners to record flooding experiences. Summer 2017.
Water Finance Research Assistant, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Durham, NC
Researched the extent that water infrastructure spending through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund is responsive to federal regulations in the context of equality and equity across all states. Gathered, organized, annotated, and merged large data layers for all 50 states in Excel and ArcGIS. Fall 2016 – Spring 2017.
Federal Policy Engagement Intern, The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, VA
Coordinated across TNC state chapter members and other nonprofit organizations to organize advocacy events and letters of support. Authored policy summaries and memorandums on current legislative priorities. Summer 2016.
Geoscience Policy Analyst Intern, American Geosciences Institute, Alexandria, VA
Authored and published news briefs and policy, tracked and analyzed geoscience policy and legislation, participated in briefings, hearings, and coalition meetings. Engaged with congressional member staff to address geoscience concerns in their districts. Spring 2016.
Federal Policy Analyst Intern, Wildlife Conservation Society, Washington, DC 
Researched wildlife conservation policies, including climate change finance and appropriations. Tracked legislation, drafted science and policy memos, attended congressional hearings and briefings. Fall 2015.

Additional Information

Skills: Water resources finance, planning, and management; data analytics and statistics (Excel; ArcGIS Pro; R; Access; Stata; MATLAB); environmental law and policy analysis; watershed hydrology; wetlands ecology; public-private partnerships; financial analysis; project management.

Publications: Atkins, M., December 2016, Geologic Aspects and Future of Nuclear Waste Disposal; AAPG Explorer

Student Groups: Co-President of Duke Water Network; Co-President of Green Roof and Orchard Workforce;

Professional Affiliations: Geological Society of America, American Water Resources Association 


excel modeling
project management
water resources management

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources

Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Federal Government
Research Institute / Think Tank
State / Local Government