Margaret brings a diverse range of skills and experiences as Director of the Interdisciplinary Collaborations Program. She continues to also serve as the Program Designer for the Earth Leadership Program, focusing on defining the key leadership skills and approaches for "knowledge to action". Margaret’s commitment and experience designing leadership development programs led her to be selected as a participant in the 2014 Leadership for Collective Intelligences, led by Dialogos. She has melded the content of that training with her own interdisciplinary experience and is now co-designing and facilitating other academic-related programs such as Leading Interdisciplinary Collaborations for Stanford faculty, the AAAS program, Emerging Leaders in Science and Society and the International Social Science Council’s grantees participating in the Transformations to Sustainability Programme. Prior to joining the Leopold Leadership Program, Margaret managed two Stanford training grants to design new learning environments that integrated technology to support teaching and learning. Margaret’s interest in teaching and learning developed while she was an undergraduate in innovative study programs at Earlham College and evolved further when she became a teacher designing a “school without walls” in Philadelphia. This background inspired her future work in developing programs to bring research and innovation to new audiences in diverse settings – from an early childhood research center in New Haven, Connecticut to Cisco Systems in Silicon Valley.

Current Role at Stanford

Director, Leading Interdisciplinary Collaborations and Program Designer, Earth Leadership Program


  • Interdisciplinary Problem-Solving Short Courses for Graduate Students, Stanford University


    Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve