Steph Barker


Steph works across multiple 3Keel practice areas, but her main focus is in the Climate Change practice area, where she helps to develop strategies and deliver research to drive decarbonization in organisations across the private, public and NGO sectors. She is particularly interested in projects that bring regenerative agriculture and climate policy together to deliver food systems change.

Steph comes to 3Keel with a diverse professional background. Most recently, Steph worked as a program manager for the Oak Spring Garden Foundation — a private operating foundation founded by the Mellon family to support horticultural research and practice near Washington, D.C. In this role, she worked closely with the President of the foundation to develop new programs around the foundation’s 700-acre landscape, farm, garden and library.

Prior to joining 3Keel, Steph completed a Master’s in Environmental Governance at Oxford where her research explored discounting practices in ecological economics, the International Court of Justice’s environmental rulings, property law and Indigenous land ownership in the United States. Steph completed her Bachelor’s degree in Ethics, Politics and Economics at Yale, where her interest in food systems and agriculture began as farm manager for the Yale Sustainable Food Program.

Outside of work, Steph is an adventurer, art-enthusiast, cook and writer. Over the past few years she has hiked a section of the Pacific Crest Trail, cycled from Cairo to Cape Town and sailed in the North Sea, Mediterranean, Indian and Atlantic Oceans as a qualified Day Skipper. She enjoys cooking dinners with friends and housemates, captaining her old college’s rowing club, and going for long strolls around Oxford.