Cultivating just and sustainable initiatives for people and the planet through strategic, collaborative, and community-oriented work
Original photos by Maria Doerr
Maria cultivates just and sustainable initiatives for people and the planet through strategic, collaborative, and community-oriented projects. She cares about decision-making and coalition building based in equity, justice, and trust.
As a social sector consultant, Maria has helped develop robust, thoughtful, and dynamic strategies and initiatives to address critical issues in conservation, educational equity, climate, and community engagement. Previously, she served a Stanford fellowship with Conservation International on community-informed watershed conservation between Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil. Her work on social and environmental issues has led her across the U.S. and around the world – from gathering public commentary on Cap & Trade Grant programs in California, to supporting rural solar energy in Nicaragua, and researching program feasibility for sustainable cities in New Delhi. She actively participated in, and conducted research at, two United Nations Climate Change Conferences at COP21 in Paris and COP24 in Katowice.
Music and creative endeavors have been a part of all her journeys. Two of Maria's audio documentaries have aired internationally and she has shared her voice through music and storytelling with large and small audiences around the world.
Maria is from central Missouri. She attended Conserve School, a boarding school dedicated to Environmental Stewardship, and the Woolman Semester School for Peace, Justice, and Sustainability. She graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Environmental Systems Engineering and a Notation in Scientific Communication.
See a snapshot of her resume below
B.S. in Environmental Systems Engineering
with a focus in Urban Environments
Notation in Scientific Communication
Landscape Partnership Consultant
Ferguson Lynch - USDA
2020 - Present
Building out a diverse community of practice with NGOs, government officials, communities, and scientists working in conservation and biodiversity across the nation. Expanding access to conservation science, tools, and resources while deepening reciprocal relationships with stakeholders and assessing priorities for future conservation funding. Applying expertise in design thinking, UX design, needs finding, inclusive outreach, strategic communications, and facilitation.
Design Thinking Instructor
Leeds School of Business
2020 - 2021
Co-facilitated a purpose project course for the Dean's Leadership Fellow Program. Coached top undergraduate scholars on design thinking and storytelling and how these tools can advance projects and decision making for more empathetic, sustainable, and equitable outcomes.
Social Sector Strategy Consultant
Redstone Strategy Group
2018 - 2020
Strategy consulting backed by rigorous quantitative analysis, research, and facilitation to help philanthropies and nonprofits solve critical social problems in the education, water, conservation, and climate fields. Led equitable and collaborative processes to uplift community voice and racial justice in philanthropic decision making.
Water & Cities Fellow
Mexico City, Mexico
2017 - 2018
Awarded the year-long 2017 Stanford University International Public Service Fellowship to work with Conservation International's Water & Cities Alliance. Promoted community-driven conservation through project development and strategic communications. Supported engagement and coordination with local communities, the private sector, other NGOs, and academics to improve conservation initiatives.
Smart Cities Fellow
The Energy and Resources Institute
New Delhi, India
Prepared recommendations for TERI and Ministry of Urban Development on resilience, sustainability, and inclusiveness of Smart City Plans under the Smart Cities Mission of the Government of India. Co-coordinated speaker event for the World Sustainable Development Summit - Regional Dialogues.
Environmental Justice Instructor
Designed and initiated a course on Environmental Justice in the Bay Area through directed weekly discussions and field trips to local orgs. Expanded student learning and reflection through a collaborative blog. Independently formalized support and funding from the Associated Students of Stanford, the Haas Center for Public Service, and the Earth Systems and Urban Studies Departments.
Solar Power Community Liaison
Consulted with rural communities to repair small-grid solar PV systems and perform system diagnostics for greater energy efficiency. Conducted socio-economic impact monitoring and assembled community testimony to improve collaboration and enhance local capacity.
Environmental Policy Intern
The Strategic Growth Council
Served as a Stanford in Government Fellow with the Strategic Growth Council. Conducted research and supported public workshops across the state to jump start the new Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Grant Program. Coordinated with leaders across the Capitol to provide a summer training series for the Office of Planning & Research policy interns, law clerks, and staff.
The Green Schools Alliance
2012 - 2014
Rob Williams Award for Emerging
Environment and Public Policy Leaders
Stanford Award of Excellence
Recipient - Stanford Alumni Association
Stanford International Public Service Fellowship
Recipient - Haas Center for Public Service
Udall Environmental Scholarship
Honorable Mention - Udall Foundation
Stanford Women of Impact
Recognition - Stanford Women in Business
Human Cities Innovation Challenge
Honorable Mention - Human Cities Initiative
Introductory Seminar Award of Excellence
Environmental Literacy Class Recognition - Stanford
American Civil Liberties Award
Central Missouri Recipient - ACLU