Amy Luers, Skoll Global Threats Fund

TITLE: Director, Climate Change

FUNDING AREAS: Climate change, deforestation, smallholder productivity and food security, sustainable markets.

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PROFILE: Amy Luers is Director of Climate Change for the Skoll Global Threats Fund. Her official bio on their website shares:

Amy Luers has over twenty years of experience working at the interface of economic development and environmental sustainability. Dr. Luers came to Skoll Global Threats Fund from Google where she was the Senior Environment Program Manager leading a series of information and communication technology initiatives for climate risk management, with efforts in Latin America, South East Asia, and Africa. Prior to Google Dr. Luers headed the Climate Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists California Office, where she led collaborative analysis and outreach efforts to inform alternative state and federal policy options.

Dr. Luers started her carrier working on sustainable development in Latin America. She spent six years living and working throughout Latin America on development and resources management. She is co-founder and former executive director of Agua Para La Vida (Water for Life), a small NGO dedicated to enhancing sustainable access to potable water in rural Latin America.

Dr. Luers has over three dozen publications in peer reviewed journals, edited books and in the popular press on society’s vulnerability to global environmental changes and on climate policy. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and sits on committees of the National Academies of Sciences and the International Council for Science. A respected leader on issues at the intersection of big data, climate, and resilience, Luers was awarded a Bellagio/Poptech Fellowship for innovation in big data and resilience, and has served as an adviser to the United Nations and the White House on Data and Climate initiatives.

She holds a Ph.D. in environmental science and an M.A. in international policy studies, both from Stanford University, and a M.S. and B.S. in environmental resources engineering from Humboldt State University.

In an insightful 2014 interview, Luers prognosticates on the future of positive climate change improvements:

We’ve begun to move in the direction of a more distributed solution, but we still have a long way to go. In the absence of effective national and international policies there are cities, states, regions, companies and sectors that are beginning to make significant changes. This is certainly the case in the US. I am hopeful that these sub national efforts will eventually bubble up and create a tipping point at the national scale and eventually at the global scale.

In that same interview, Luers discusses the conecpt of "Science Citizens," stating:

Science citizens are scientists who consciously engage in public discussions as citizens and among citizens. Most people in the world have never met a scientist. In part because there are just not that many of us, and in part because we tend to stick together. We need to change this. Understanding and addressing this experiment that we're doing to the Earth will require engaging more fully with society and looking at the full range of questions we must be asking as the inevitable surprises and changes unfold.

Note that Luers includes herself amongst the Science Citizens. Rightfully so. You can dig into two of her recent research publications here and here.

It's also worth noting that like the vast majority of grantors, Skoll Global Threats Fund takes a hard look at quantitatives and measurements of success. But in this 2014 podcast, Luers makes a compelling argument as to why we shouldn't overly rely on numbers when it comes to climate change programs and their effectiveness.

Amy Luers has over twenty years of experience working at the interface of economic development and environmental sustainability. Dr. Luers came to Skoll Global Threats Fund from Google where she was the Senior Environment Program Manager leading a series of information and communication technology initiatives for climate risk management, with efforts in Latin America, South East Asia, and Africa. Prior to Google Dr. Luers headed the Climate Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists California Office, where she led collaborative analysis and outreach efforts to inform alternative state and federal policy options.

Dr. Luers started her carrier working on sustainable development in Latin America. She spent six years living and working throughout Latin America on development and resources management. She is co-founder and former executive director of Agua Para La Vida (Water for Life), a small NGO dedicated to enhancing sustainable access to potable water in rural Latin America.

Dr. Luers has over three dozen publications in peer reviewed journals, edited books and in the popular press on society’s vulnerability to global environmental changes and on climate policy. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and sits on committees of the National Academies of Sciences and the International Council for Science. A respected leader on issues at the intersection of big data, climate, and resilience, Luers was awarded a Bellagio/Poptech Fellowship for innovation in big data and resilience, and has served as an adviser to the United Nations and the White House on Data and Climate initiatives.

She holds a Ph.D. in environmental science and an M.A. in international policy studies, both from Stanford University, and a M.S. and B.S. in environmental resources engineering from Humboldt State University.

- See more at: http://www.skollglobalthreats.org/about-us/staff/#amyluers

Amy Luers has over twenty years of experience working at the interface of economic development and environmental sustainability. Dr. Luers came to Skoll Global Threats Fund from Google where she was the Senior Environment Program Manager leading a series of information and communication technology initiatives for climate risk management, with efforts in Latin America, South East Asia, and Africa. Prior to Google Dr. Luers headed the Climate Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists California Office, where she led collaborative analysis and outreach efforts to inform alternative state and federal policy options.

Dr. Luers started her carrier working on sustainable development in Latin America. She spent six years living and working throughout Latin America on development and resources management. She is co-founder and former executive director of Agua Para La Vida (Water for Life), a small NGO dedicated to enhancing sustainable access to potable water in rural Latin America.

Dr. Luers has over three dozen publications in peer reviewed journals, edited books and in the popular press on society’s vulnerability to global environmental changes and on climate policy. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and sits on committees of the National Academies of Sciences and the International Council for Science. A respected leader on issues at the intersection of big data, climate, and resilience, Luers was awarded a Bellagio/Poptech Fellowship for innovation in big data and resilience, and has served as an adviser to the United Nations and the White House on Data and Climate initiatives.

She holds a Ph.D. in environmental science and an M.A. in international policy studies, both from Stanford University, and a M.S. and B.S. in environmental resources engineering from Humboldt State University.

- See more at: http://www.skollglobalthreats.org/about-us/staff/#amyluers

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