Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability
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Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources, admitted Autumn 2020
BioSafari Fang is a Ph.D. candidate in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER). She is an interdisciplinary scientist and ocean conservation leader with proven experience and passion for connecting people from diverse backgrounds to facilitate deep, meaningful collaborations aimed at solving environmental challenges. Growing up next to a polluted Yangtze River in China, Safari aspired from an early age to work in environmental conservation, and she connects deeply with communities that live the real consequences of pollution and habitat destruction. Her current research focuses on aquaculture and fisheries, food security, and community-based marine conservation. Through her research and action, Safari is engaging diverse stakeholders in the global seafood system and fostering collaborations among sectors for the sustainable use of ocean resources.
Safari is an alumna of the Blue Pioneers Program, a leadership development program for ocean conservationists from Asia. She sits on the board of directors of Demos Education Hub, an environmental education and community development NGO in Hainan, China. Safari has lived and worked in several countries, including China, the U.S., Iceland, Germany, and France. She speaks fluent Chinese and English and enjoys reading, swimming, kayaking, hiking, whale watching, yoga, meditation, and creative writing.
Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources, admitted Autumn 2022
BioSarah is interested in the design and evaluation of decision support systems for local and regional-scale climate adaptation. Her research aims to explore the social and cognitive processes through which decision support systems — both digital decision support tools and the activities of regional climate resilience networks — shape adaptation planning and implementation, organizational learning, and environmental outcomes. She is specifically interested in supporting more adaptive and integrated water resources management. Sarah’s current work focuses on better understanding the collaborative landscape of federal decision support activities using social network analysis, as well as the decision-making and planning processes of local stormwater managers in coastal communities across the U.S. using a mixed-methods approach, including surveys, interviews, and document analysis.
Sarah holds a BA in cognitive neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to Stanford, she worked on health care innovation and equity research at the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit and the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics.
Jill Grey Ferguson
Ph.D. Student in Environment and Resources, admitted Autumn 2021
BioJill Grey Ferguson is a PhD student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources. Jill is also the co-founder of LibertyHomes, a nonprofit dedicated to scaling inclusive utility investment systems with robust consumer protections that make home energy upgrades accessible to all people without credit checks, upfront cost, or debt. Prior to starting LibertyHomes, Jill was a Truman-Albright Fellow at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy where she led the Rural Research Initiative. She has worked at the US Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy as a solar technology fellow and as a photovoltaic cell researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Jill earned a bachelor of science in material science engineering from the University of Virginia.
MBA, expected graduation 2024
Masters Student in Environment and Resources, admitted Spring 2023
BioMadison Freeman is a Knight Hennessy Scholar pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at Stanford Graduate School of Business and a master’s degree in environment and resources at the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability through the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources. She focuses on innovative approaches to scale emerging climate solutions, especially those accelerating decarbonization of heavy industries and transportation.
Immediately prior to Stanford, Madison served in the Biden administration as a senior advisor on technology and innovation to Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, where she led industrial decarbonization global initiatives including the First Movers Coalition. She spent three years in venture capital at Energy Impact Partners, a leading climate investment fund with strategic LPs across the utility and built environment space. At EIP, she developed investment strategy for new sectors explored by the firm, engaged strategic LPs, invested in hardtech startups and helped establish funds focused on backing underrepresented founders and deep decarbonization breakthroughs. She started her career in climate and innovation policy think tanks, at the Atlantic Council and Council on Foreign Relations. Madison founded and directed the NYC chapter of the Clean Energy Leadership Institute, was a 2021 Women Leader in Energy and Climate Fellow with the Atlantic Council, and her clean energy analysis has been published in outlets including NPR, Foreign Affairs, and The Hill. She graduated from American University with a bachelor's degree in international relations and economics.