Amy Luers, Ph.D.

Global Lead, Sustainability Science, Microsoft

Amy Luers, Ph.D., is currently the global lead for sustainability science at Microsoft. Prior to moving to her current position, Luers was the executive director of Future Earth. She served as the assistant director of climate resilience and information in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from 2015–2016. From 2007–2011, Luers was the senior environmental program manager at Google, where she initiated and co-led the development of Google Earth Engine and the Google Science Communication Fellows Program, and traveled extensively in Latin America, South East Asia, and Africa to support climate risk management programs.

Prior to joining Google, Luers led the Climate Program for the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) in California and analyzed the impacts of alternative federal climate policy options. She is co-founder and former executive director of Agua Para La Vida, a small NGO dedicated to enhancing sustainable access to water supply in rural Latin America.

Luers has conducted research and published widely on the vulnerability of social and biophysical systems to global environmental changes. She holds a doctoral degree in environmental science and a master's degree in international policy studies, both from Stanford University, and a master's degree and bachelor's degree in environmental resources engineering from Humboldt State University.