Global Lead, Sustainability Science
Amy Luers is the global lead for sustainability science at Microsoft Corporation. Previously, she served as executive director of Future Earth, assistant director for climate resilience and information at the White House in the Obama administration, director of climate at the Skoll Global Threats Fund, and senior environment manager at Google. Dr. Luers spent the first decade of her career working in Latin America, where she cofounded Agua Para La Vida, a nonprofit organization that works with rural communities to enhance access to potable water. Currently, she serves on the foresight committee of the Veolia Institute, and on the boards of several organizations including the Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative and the National Council for Science and the Environment. Dr. Luers is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and previously served on committees of the United States Global Change Research Program and the National Academies of Sciences. She has a PhD in environmental science and MA in international policy studies from Stanford University, and a BS and MS in environmental systems engineering from Humbold State University, and BA in philosophy from Middlebury College. Luers has been recognized for environmental leadership as Switzer Fellow and for her innovation in big data and resilience as an inaugural Bellagio Pop Tech Fellow. She has published widely on topics including societal vulnerability and resilience, climate impact and policy, sustainability science, science communication, and digitalization and sustainability.