Stanford Experts

Newsha Ajami

Director of Urban Water Policy, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment


(650) 724-8162



Dr. Ajami specializes in sustainable water resource management, water policy, innovation, and financing, and the water-energy-food nexus. Her research throughout the years has been interdisciplinary and impact driven, focusing on the improvement of the science-policy-stakeholder interface by incorporating social and economic measures and effective communication.
She is a gubernatorial appointee to the Bay Area Regional Water Quality Control Board. Before joining Stanford, she worked as a senior research associate at the Pacific Institute and served as a Science and Technology fellow at the California State Senate’s Natural Resources and Water Committee, where she worked on various water and energy related legislation.