Dr. Christina Babbitt
Christina Babbitt manages the California Groundwater Program at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) where she is working to advance successful implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, California’s landmark new groundwater management law. In this role, Christina is leading efforts to improve water trading policy in California and scale replicable groundwater sustainability projects across California’s Central Valley. Prior to joining EDF, Christina held positions with the National Ocean. Christina is working with the Starbucks team to build a planet positive supply chain of the future. In her role, Christina leads supply chain sustainability strategy, works to influence and compel change through research and innovation, and supports the Global Supply Chain sustainability portfolio of programs and projects. Previously, Christina was a Director, Climate Resilient Water Systems at Environmental Defense Fund, where she worked at the intersection of water, agriculture, and climate, with a focus on supporting the successful implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, California’s landmark groundwater management law. Christina’s past research has focused on water resources governance in stressed watersheds across western U.S., Europe, and eastern Africa and she currently sits on the Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy advisory committee. Christina holds a PhD in Natural Resources from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and is currently a University of California, Berkeley Haas Executive MBA candidate.