Fahmida Ahmed

Associate Director, Department of Sustainability & Energy Management

Stanford University

Fahmida directs the Office of Sustainability and the campus program Sustainable Stanford ( She designs and implements sustainability programs with her team, chairs the Sustainability Working Group, supports the department’s long term energy infrastructure planning, directs office’s education and outreach efforts, and steers academic integration into program implementation. Vice Chair 2014 and Chair Elect 2015 for the Board of Directors for Association for Advancement for Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), Fahmida received a 2012 Sustainability Champion Award presented by the California Higher Education Sustainability Consortium for her leadership in the sustainability arena. Before joining Stanford in 2008, she was the Sustainability Specialist at UC Berkeley, where she architected and managed their climate program ( Fahmida earned a B.A. in Economics from Smith College and Master’s in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School in UC Santa Barbara. Her academic apprenticeships include positions in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Prior to her career in sustainability, Fahmida has worked in financial services and high-tech. As a marketing manager in Siebel Systems (Now Oracle Inc) and project manager in Providian Financial (now Washington Mutual), her initiatives focused on cross functional program design and implementation.


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