Hannah Safford

Hannah Safford '13 MPA '17 (dual degree with Masters in Environmental Engineering), of San Francisco, CA, graduated from Princeton with a BSE in Chemical and Biological Engineering and a certificate in the Woodrow Wilson School. She was awarded the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Michelle Goudie '93 Thesis Award for the outstanding senior thesis on energy and/or the environment, the George J. Mueller Award from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences as the graduating senior who has best combined high scholarly achievement with excellence in intercollegiate athletics; and the Jack Smith Award from the Princeton varsity fencing team for outstanding team contributions. As a graduate student, Safford also served as an assistant coach on the Princeton varsity fencing team. Safford works on solutions to domestic environmental policy issues, especially issues related to green infrastructure and sustainable water use. As the 2013 Frederick P. Hitz '61 Scholar, Hannah previously worked in the Education Department of the San Francisco Zoo; on integrated pest management at the San Francisco Department of the Environment; and at the Caylor Ecohydrology Lab in Kenya, where she examined savannah ecohydrology using isotopic water vapor analysis.

Safford's SINSI internship was with the U.S. Forest Service Department of Resource Use Science in Washington, DC.  She spent her fellowship at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Safford was awarded the OSTP Award for Excellence for her work supporting President Obama's historic trip to Alaska in the summer of 2015. Safford received her MPA from Princeton in June 2017. At graduation, Safford was one of seven students to receive a certificate in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP). She also received the Bradford Prize, which goes to the STEP student who has achieved both a distinguished academic record and a record of service in the School.