Tannis Thorlakson is a PhD student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources (E-IPER) in the School of Earth Sciences. She is interested in the private sector's role in improving environmental and social outcomes in agriculture. Currently, Tannis is focusing on the role retail firms play in influencing environmental management practices at the farm level.
After receiving her BA in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard University, Tannis worked at New Island Capital, an impact-investing firm based out of San Francisco. While at New Island, Tannis focused on sustainable farmland and timberland investments while also evaluating early-stage ventures in the food, energy and environmental sectors.
Tannis has also spent time doing agricultural field research in Kenya with the World Agroforestry Centre, consulting for Los Grobo, a large-scale agricultural firm in Argentina and, most recently, working with the agriculture technology non-profit Digital Green based in Delhi, India. Tannis is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a Stanford Graduate Fellowship award recipient. In her free time Tannis enjoys cross-country skiing, surfing and backpacking in the mountains of California and Washington State.