Sari Blakeley is a PhD student in the Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where her interests include increasing food security through use of financial tools and improving tools with remote sensing products. Her area of interest in sub-Saharan Africa, and has traveled to Sénégal, Burkina Faso, Niger, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Barbados, and Uruguay. In her previous job at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), Blakeley worked with local and international NGO's, local governments, meteorogology offices, and regional insurance organizations to better interact with local populations for improved comprehesion of extreme weather events, climate variability, and better risk management. She was also involved in creation of rainfall indexes for rainfall deficit, analysis of worst rainfall years on record, assessment of vulnerable parts of the rainy season, and educational modules to increase third party understanding of risk management and impacts of extreme weather. Sari previously graduated from Columbia University with a master's degree in Climate and Society in 2012 and in 2010 she earned a BS in International Studies, Economics, and French from Michigan State University.