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Student Ambassadors

The Bill Lane Center student ambassadors are a collective of Center-affiliated undergraduates that assist in refining the Center’s undergraduate programming initiatives. Undergraduates interested in participating in any of the Bill Lane Center’s offerings should connect with a student ambassador.

Caroline Beckman

Caroline is a junior at Stanford majoring in Earth Systems with a concentration in Human Environmental Systems. She is minoring in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Caroline is passionate about environmental education – she is currently working in Professor Nicole Ardoin’s lab studying ecotourism & environmental behavior change. Her first experience with the BLC was through their Sophomore College “Fighting Over Our Common Heritage: Public Lands in the West” with professors Bruce Cain and Buzz Thompson. Last summer, Caroline participated in the BLC's summer internship program, working at the Trust for Public Land in San Fransisco. Outside of school, Caroline loves to hike, spend time with her family, and bake.


Sophia Boyd-Fligel

Sophie is a junior studying Human Biology and Creative Writing. She grew up fiddling and rowing in Seattle, making her an avid fan of Stanford’s live music scene and member of the women’s rowing team. Sophie is fascinated by systems of environmental change and equity and spent the summer tackling this issue at the Deschutes Land Trust in Bend, Oregon with a BLC internship.  Sophie's first exposure to the Center was through the Sophomore College “Fighting Over Our Common Heritage: Public Lands in the West” with professors Bruce Cain and Buzz Thompson and subsequently took the BLC sponsored course, "What is Public about Public Lands-Who and How to Manage" taught by former BLM Director, Patrick Shea. 


Cade Cannedy

Cade is a senior at Stanford University where he is majoring in political science with a minor in philosophy. He was raised in Taos, New Mexico and is passionate about social and environmental justice. He is currently researching air quality in Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley and its disproportionate effects on minority communities. He is a member of Stanford Men's Rugby and when finished with his reading for school likes to read a little more.


Hannah Kelley

Hannah is a sophomore at Stanford University, majoring in Public Policy with a Health Care Policy concentration and International Relations with a Social Development and Human Well-Being specialization. She is minoring in Middle Eastern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Hannah has grown up in Portland, Oregon, exploring areas of medical research, public policy, community development, and social justice. She is primarily interested in developing institutional health care policy in order to allow for a health care system that is more linguistically and culturally responsive across vulnerable populations

Ilinca Popescu

Growing up in Columbia, Missouri, Ilinca developed a passion for urban agriculture and land conservation. At Stanford as a Land Systems major in the Earth Systems Program, she has explored interdisciplinary methods with respect to resource management, including water quality and economic research at the Henry’s Fork Foundation through the Bill Lane Center’s internship program. She is interested in applications of land use research with respect to risk mitigation, food sovereignty advocacy, and community welfare.

Benek Robertson

Benek Robertson is an undergraduate majoring in Political Science; his interests lie in environmental policy, American politics, and public opinion research. He is from Carmel, California and enjoys writing, surfing, and the outdoors.

Nicholas Sligh

Nicholas is a Sophomore from Athens, Georgia, who is majoring in Economics and International Relations. Outside of the classroom, Nick is involved with multiple on campus organizations including Stanford Undergraduate Research Association (SURA), Computer Science Plus Social Good (CS+SG), Stanford in Government (SIG), Stanford Social Entrepreneurial Students Network (SENSA), and the Stanford Economics Association (SEA). Nick was a participant in Sophomore College through the Bill Lane Center, where he studied renewable energy resources in Hawaii.


Nineveh O’Connell-Alumni Class of 2020

Nineveh studied Mathematical and Computational Science. She is thankful to have had the opportunity to participate in so many unique programs at Stanford, and her experiences with the Bill Lane Center on Sophomore College 2017, Water and Power in the Pacific Northwest: The Columbia River, and as a Summer Intern were some of the most transformative moments of her undergraduate career.