Lisa Palmer is the National Geographic Professor of Science Communication at George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs. At Planet Forward, she leads education and outreach programs with the goal of improving scientific storytelling. In this capacity, she builds connections with students, programs, and institutions nationally that are linked to the Planet Forward mission. She plans, creates, and contributes to educational seminars and panel discussions at Planet Forward, including the annual Summit.
Palmer is an award-winning environmental and science journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications. Her book, HOT, HUNGRY PLANET: The Fight to Stop a Global Food Crisis in the Face of Climate Change, chronicles her travels around the world and the urgent innovations needed to feed a growing population. She has written for publications such as the Nature family of journals, Yale E360, The Guardian, Nautilus, The New York Times, The New Republic, Ensia, Slate, and many others. She is a non-resident senior fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center and was previously a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., where she conducted research on global food security, resilience, and policies related to sustainable agriculture. In 2018, Palmer was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center residency on science for development. She is a professional member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, the National Association of Science Writers, and the D.C. Science Writers Association. She is a graduate of Boston University and Simmons College in Boston.