How does a Stanford graduate with a PhD in geology in hand wind up becoming the CEO of one of Washington’s most notable lobbying firms? Stanford Earth Magazine has the answer as it profiles alumnus Kai Anderson.
Kai told the magazine, “I’m still an educator, I’m still a translator, just around different kinds of issues and with a decidedly different audience than my PhD committee.”
What non-academic job involves teaching, research, political savvy, scientific rigor, and corporate competence? The rarely illuminated, often underestimated role of a lobbyist.
For Kai Anderson, lobbying was the perfect match for his education in geological sciences and experience working on Capitol Hill. As the founder of the energy and environment practice with the advocacy firm Cassidy & Associates, he works with clients who depend on the scientific perspective he gained as a student with the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences (Stanford Earth).