Katharine J. Mach is a senior research scientist at Stanford University, where she serves as director of the Stanford Environment Assessment Facility (SEAF), a new initiative that tests approaches to assessment. Increasing the pace, scale and scope of near-term climate change responses is imperative for keeping people safe in a changing climate. Katharine’s work with SEAF aims to influence governments and businesses to move more quickly to reduce carbon emissions by improving understanding and communication of climate change risks and options. She has authored more than 50 publications on climate change including several in Nature and Science. She received a PhD from Stanford and an AB, summa cum laude, from Harvard.