Julia Osterman is an MBA-MS in environment and resources candidate at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business (GSB). Julia is passionate about financing and operationalizing innovative solutions to climate change. For her master's research, Julia is partnering with the Natural Capital Project and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to develop guidance and tools to drive increased public-private investment in natural climate solutions that enhance climate resilience, sequester carbon, benefit local community development and protect biodiversity.
As Co-President of the GSB Sustainable Business Club, Julia received the 2019 GSB Social Miller Change Leadership Award for co-founding the Stanford GSB Climate, Business and Innovation conference. The more than 150-person conference convenes students, alumni and industry leaders in finance, energy, food, agriculture, tech and mobility to discuss the risks and opportunities presented by climate change to business and to inspire Stanford business students to engage in climate-related issues, either directly or indirectly, in their careers.
Prior to Stanford, she worked with senior leadership at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to drive the organization's global priority and goal setting process to address the greatest challenges facing people and nature and advised on the business processes and systems to track TNC's progress towards these goals. During her summers at Stanford, she worked with the energy access company Fenix International in Uganda to advance new income generating product lines and the innovative forest restoration finance organization Blue Forest Conservation to develop their next Forest Resilience Bond project. Julia holds a B.A. in environmental studies with a focus on biodiversity and conservation from Yale University.