Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability

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  • Anjana Richards

    Anjana Richards

    Assistant Dean for Education and Integration Strategy, Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability - Dean's Office

    BioAnjana is the Assistant Dean for Education and Integration Strategy where she is responsible for strategic planning, organizational design and program management for new curriculum, educational programs, community engaged learning and research, as well supporting new efforts in partner-engaged research, environmental justice, and sustainable societies. She most recently served as core programmatic staff for the complex charge of the Doerr School creation, working in close collaboration with faculty leadership and senior administration on all elements of the transition.

    Anjana joined Stanford in 2014. She served as Associate Director for Program Strategy for the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER), and ran E-IPER’s joint MS degree programs. She also worked for five years in community college education, leading multi-stakeholder teams to build clean energy, environmental science, and sustainable campus initiatives, and deliver social innovation programs that served a diversity of communities. Anjana's work builds from a 10-year private sector career driving environmental improvements within manufacturing and research practices, and creating sustainability strategies for large corporate clients.

    Anjana brings a sustainability mindset and a practitioner’s lens to her roles in higher education administration. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Science in Environmental Management from the Illinois Institute of Technology Stuart School of Business. Anjana enjoys being an active parent and avid traveler to friends, family, and forests near and far.

  • Burke E. Robinson

    Burke E. Robinson

    Lecturer, Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability - Dean's Office

    BioBurke Robinson has been an adjunct faculty member at Stanford for more than 20 years. He teaches a graduate course each spring, The Art and Science of Decision Making, in the Sustainability Science and Practice Program, School of Sustainability.

    When we make high-quality decisions, we improve the probability of outcomes we want. By combining the art of qualitative framing and structuring with the science of quantitative assessment and analysis, we will have pragmatic ways to: identify those core issues driving the value of our decisions, craft an inspirational vision, create viable alternatives, mitigate biases in probabilistic information, clarify both tangible and intangible preferences, develop appropriate risk/reward models, evaluate decisions for a broad range of uncertain scenarios, appraise values of gathering additional information, and ensure commitment to implementation plans and budgets.

    Common-sense rules and decision-making tools provide the essential focus, discipline, and passion we need for clarity of action on big, important decisions – from personal choices to organizational decisions about business strategies or public policies. A normative approach prescribes how decisions can be made defensible using a logical basis of deliberative reasoning when we face a dynamic, complex, and uncertain future world. Transformational change can then implement the optimal decisions by following a dynamic process of project management.

    Students in his course have the opportunity to frame, structure, assess, and analyze their personal career and lifestyle decisions for the initial 5 years after leaving Stanford. Key factors often include net discretionary income, savings and investments, macroeconomic trends, job satisfaction, personal life satisfaction, avocation pursuits, and relationships with family and friends.

    Burke is also an avid Stanford sports fan and supporter of the many scholar-athletes on campus. As a Decision Coach, he advises and mentors students and others as they make significant life decisions about undergraduate majors, graduate programs, internships, career jobs, entrepreneurial ventures, and professional sports opportunities.

    For more information and his CV, please see his personal website