Bio


Joe Nation is a Professor of the Practice of Public Policy at Stanford University, where he directs the graduate student Practicum in public policy and teaches policy courses on climate change, health care, and California state issues. He also serves as the Grossman-Kennedy Fellow in Human Biology, teaching environmental and health policy. His current research is focused on public finance and public employee pensions. Nation sits on the board of Advisors for Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and is a Faculty Affiliate at Stanford’s Center on Longevity. He has consulted for RAND for nearly 30 years since his graduation from Pardee RAND Graduate School (PRGS) in 1989.

From 1992-2000, he served on the Marin Water Board, including two terms as President. From 2000-2006, he represented Marin and Southern Sonoma Counties in the California State Assembly. He was the principal co-author of AB 32, California’s Global Warmings Solutions Act. Nation received a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis from PRGS.

Academic Appointments


  • Professor of the Practice, Public Policy

Administrative Appointments


  • Kennedy-Grossman Fellow in Human Biology, HumBio (2015 - Present)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Economic Advisory Board, Bay Area Council (2013 - Present)
  • Faculty Affiliate, Stanford Center on Longevity (2013 - Present)
  • MSFS Advisory Board, Georgetown University (2013 - Present)

2019-20 Courses