Gita joined the Office for Sustainability in 2022 as the Assistant Director for Sustainability Data Science & Analytics. Her work involves building enterprise-level data architecture to capture, harmonize, analyze, and visualize multiple streams of sustainability data to effectively inform the University’s decarbonization strategy. Gita previously worked in sustainability and environmental consulting as a data scientist, and prior to that spent a decade as public health data scientist and practitioner in government and academic research. She contributed to COVID model development and dissemination for the Washington State Department of Health and CDC Foundation during the early phase of the COVID pandemic, and prior to that served on the faculty at Tufts University in Nutritional Epidemiology and Data Science, where she currently maintains a teaching affiliation in Epidemiology.
Gita earned her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at MIT, her doctoral degree in Biomedical Science at Harvard Medical School, and her MPH in Quantitative Methods at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she also conducted postdoctoral research in data-intensive epidemiology. Gita’s interest in sustainability originates from her experience in public health, realizing climate change is the most critical public health concern of our time. While a data scientist by profession, Gita is a naturalist at heart and is happiest hiking, gardening, and spending time in the forest or on the seashore with her husband, two boys, and dog.