Newsha K. Ajami, is the director of Urban Water Policy with Stanford University’s Water in the West program. She is a hydrologist specializing in sustainable water resource management, water policy and financing, and the water-energy- food nexus. Dr. Ajami is a gubernatorial appointee to the Bay Area Regional Water Quality Control Board. She has published many highly cited peer-reviewed articles, coauthored two books, and contributed opinion pieces to the New York Times and the Sacramento Bee. Dr. Ajami received her Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from the UC, Irvine, an M.S. in hydrology and water resources from the University of Arizona.