Tanja Srebotnjak is the inaugural director of the Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design. Trained as a statistician, she began her professional career at the United Nations Statistics Division in New York where she developed indicators and methods for official environmental statistics and later completed her doctoral research in environmental statistics and policy at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 2007. Prior to coming to Harvey Mudd College, Tanja worked for the German environmental think tank Ecologic Institute and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Her work included projects for the German Federal Environment Agency and several directorates at the European Union concerning the existence and identification of irreversible environmental tipping points, the development of a EU environmental pressure index, and the estimation of the environmental disease burden in Germany. While at NRDC, she researched the health risks associated with unconventional energy development in the United States.