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cultivating just and sustainable initiatives for people and the planet through strategic, collaborative, and community-oriented work

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Original photos by Maria Doerr 

Maria Doerr

Maria (she/they) works with public agencies, utilities, nonprofits, foundations, and entrepreneurs to build solutions that work with, and for, the communities they serve. She brings expertise in sustainable water management, clean energy, conservation, business development, stakeholder engagement, and strategy design.

Maria previously worked as a strategy consultant with Redstone Strategy Group and
as a project officer with Conservation International Mexico. Her work 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 projects in Nicaragua and researching sustainable city development in India. She actively participated in and conducted research at two UN Climate Conferences (COP21 and COP24).

Music and creative endeavors are 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 grew up on Ozark rivers and blackberry pie in Missouri.

She attended Conserve School, a semester school dedicated to Environmental Stewardship, and the Woolman Semester School for Peace, Justice, and Sustainability. Maria graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering and a Notation in Scientific Communication.

 

See a snapshot of her resume below

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education

Stanford University

B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering

with a focus in Urban Environments

Notation in Scientific Communication

Sustainability Consultant

Independent

2020 - Present

Consulting on early-stage climate, water, and conservation initiatives with foundations, nonprofits, agencies, utilities, and entrepreneurs. Supporting efforts to sustainably manage vital natural resources and advance clean energy solutions. Applying expertise in strategy development, design thinking, community engagement, and strategic communications.

Clients include Pew Charitable Trusts, USDA-NRCS, BOEM, the California Water Data Consortium, San Diego County, the Salt River Project, the Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency, Sustain Tomorrow, and others.

Design Thinking Instructor

Leeds School of Business

2020 - 2021

Co-facilitated a design thinking course in partnership with environmental NGOs. Coached top undergraduate scholars on design thinking and storytelling and how these tools can improve projects, build empathy, and create solutions that work.

Social Sector Strategy Consultant

Redstone Strategy Group

Colorado, USA

2018 - 2020

Strategy consulting backed by rigorous quantitative analysis, research, and facilitation to help philanthropies and nonprofits solve critical social problems in education, water, conservation, and climate. Led equitable and collaborative processes to uplift community voice and racial justice in philanthropic decision-making.

Water & Cities Fellow

Conservation International

Mexico City, Mexico

2017 - 2018

Awarded Stanford University's 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 advance watershed conservation and sustainable ag initiatives.

Smart Cities Fellow

The Energy and Resources Institute

New Delhi, India 

2016

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

Stanford University

California, USA 

2016

Designed and initiated a course called Environmental Justice in the Bay Area. Directed weekly discussions, student classwork, and volunteer/learning trips. 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

blueEnergy

Bluefields, Nicaragua

2015

Consulted with rural communities to repair small-grid solar PV systems and perform system diagnostics to improve energy efficiency and regional energy security. Conducted socioeconomic impact monitoring and gathered community testimony to help inform and improve collaboration and enhance local capacity.

Environmental Policy Intern

The Strategic Growth Council / Office of Planning & Research

Sacramento, California

2014

Served as a Stanford in Government Fellow with the Strategic Growth Council / Office of Planning & Research. Conducted feasibility research on High-Speed Rail and aquaculture in the State. Co-facilitated public workshops in Oakland, LA, and Fresno to inform the new Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Grant Program. Coordinated a 10-week summer learning series for policy interns, law clerks, and staff.

highlighted experience

honors

Rob Williams Award for Emerging

Environment and Public Policy Leaders

Awardee selected by a panel of environmental and public policy leaders

Recipient - Association for Conflict Resolution

2020

Stanford Award of Excellence

Awarded to the top 10% of the graduating class

Recipient - Stanford Alumni Association

Stanford International Public Service Fellowship

Awarded to one graduating senior

Recipient - Haas Center for Public Service

 

Udall Environmental Scholarship

Honorable Mention - Udall Foundation

2016

Stanford Women of Impact

Recognition - Stanford Women in Business

2016

Human Cities Innovation Challenge

Honorable Mention - Human Cities Initiative 

2016

Introductory Seminar Award of Excellence 

Environmental Literacy Class Recognition - Stanford

2014

American Civil Liberties Award

Central Missouri Recipient - ACLU

2013

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