Avantika Goswami is a graduate student in the M.S. Sustainability Management program at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. She has a background in Economics and has worked in management consulting in Mumbai, prior to pursuing her graduate studies in New York City. Her research is focused on mobility and sustainable transportation, resiliency of critical urban infrastructure to climate change effects, and the factors influencing public sector efficacy in furthering a city’s sustainability goals. She has worked with the Chief Economist of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey researching sustainability metrics for large multi-modal transportation agencies. She is interested in examining best practices in sustainability planning by agencies in urban centers in the developed world and exploring their adoption in the context of emerging economies in Asia and beyond. She has a B.A. in Economics (with Honours) from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai.