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NGI Leadership and Staff

Stanford campus

The Natural Gas Initiative draws its expertise and leadership from across the Stanford campus. Any Stanford researcher with interests in natural gas and related fields may affiliate with NGI. The initiative leaders and staff and the research focus area leaders coordinate with each other, the Stanford community, and external stakeholders to develop and direct the NGI program and research portfolio.

Mark Zoback, Director of the Natural Gas Initiativeis the Benjamin M. Page Professor in the Department of Geophysics in Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences. An acclaimed expert on reservoir geomechanics, Zoback is the author/co-author of more than 300 scientific papers and has advised industry and government leaders worldwide on shale gas development and environmental protection.

Brad Ritts, Managing Director
Brad Ritts is the Managing Director of the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative. Ritts is an expert on oil and gas exploration and the upstream petroleum industry. Prior to joining Stanford, he held a variety of technical and management positions with Chevron in California and Singapore and was on the faculty of Indiana and Utah State universities. Ritts earned a doctorate in geological and environmental sciences at Stanford.

Tisha Schuller, Strategic Advisor
Tisha Schuller, who earned a bachelor's degree in Earth systems from Stanford, is Strategic Advisor to the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative. Schuller was president of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association when that state's energy companies and the Environmental Defense Fund worked with state regulators to enact the first rules in the United States to reduce methane emissions and volatile gases.

Claudia Baroni, Program Manager
Claudia Baroni is NGI's Program Manager. Claudia has a degree in Communications and more than 10 years of administrative experience at Stanford. She is also the Program Manager for the Stanford Center for Induced and Triggered Seismicity.