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 that work with and for the communities they serve. She brings expertise in clean energy, conservation, sustainable water management, stakeholder engagement, and strategy design. She is a Program Officer with the Rural Climate Partnership and a City Councilmember for Menlo Park.
Previously, Maria worked with nonprofits, foundations, and government bodies as a social and public sector consultant, both independently and with Redstone Strategy Group. She also served as a project officer with Conservation International Mexico. Her work has led her across the U.S. and internationally – from gathering public commentary on Cap & Trade grant programs across California to supporting sustainable ag projects in southern Mexico and researching subnational climate action at the COP21 UN Climate Conference in Paris.
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 blackberry pie in mid-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
B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering
Notation in Scientific Communication
Rural Climate Partnership
2023 - Present
The Rural Climate Partnership is a new funding collaborative that provides hometowns across America with the tools they need to accelerate climate solutions and build healthy local economies.
City Councilmember for District 5
2023 - Present
Representing District 5 of Menlo Park - Sharon Heights and West Menlo.
Director on the Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) Board and alternate Director to the Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) Board.
Liaison to the Planning, Housing, and Finance Commissions.
2020 - 2023
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.
Social Sector 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 education, water, conservation, and climate. Led equitable and collaborative processes to uplift community voice and racial justice in philanthropic decision-making.
Mexico City, Mexico
2017 - 2018
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
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 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.
Additional experiences with: blueEnergy Nicaragua, California Strategic Growth Council, Stanford University, Mid-Missouri Peaceworks, Columbia Environmental Research Center (USGS), and the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture
Rob Williams Award for Emerging
Environment and Public Policy Leaders
Awardee selected by a panel of environmental and public policy leaders
2020 Recipient - Association for Conflict Resolution
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
Stanford Women of Impact
Recognition - Stanford Women in Business