Sherburne Abbott

Sherburne Abbott

Science Policy, Forestry
Governing Council Chair
Syracuse University

The Honorable Sherburne “Shere” Abbott is vice president for sustainability initiatives and University Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy at Syracuse University. Her research and teaching interests lie at the interface of science and society—principally on issues related to climate change, energy and sustainability. Ms. Abbott earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Goucher College in Maryland and her master’s degree in environmental science and natural resource policy from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Prior to her current appointment, she was a senior advisor to President Barack Obama, as the associate director for environment and energy of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, serving as a deputy to the President’s science advisor. Previously, Ms. Abbott was on the faculty of the College of Liberal Arts and directed the Center for Science and Practice of Sustainability at the University of Texas at Austin. She also served in senior positions at scientific professional and nonprofit organizations, including as chief international officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and as executive director of the Board on Sustainable Development, director of International Organization Programs, and director of the Polar Research Board of the National Academies’ National Research Council. In addition, Ms. Abbott consulted on environmental science and sustainable development for private foundations, the World Bank, the Brookings Institution, and other nongovernmental organizations. She previously served as a contributing editor for Environment magazine. Her memberships include serving on the board of the Cazenovia Area Community Development Association and the Science Policy Exchange, and on the Lockheed Martin Sustainability Independent Insights Group.