Dr. Victoria Herrmann is the managing director of The Arctic Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to Arctic security research. She has testified before Congress, contributes to The Guardian and Scientific American on climate policy, and was named one of the most 100 influential people in climate policy worldwide by Apolitical. As a National Geographic Explorer, she traveled across America interviewing 350 local leaders to identify what’s needed to safeguard coastal communities against unavoidable climate impacts.
Her current project, Rise Up to Rising Tides, is creating a matchmaking platform to connect pro bono experts with climate-affected communities. The project seeks to safeguard the heritage of 13 million Americans at risk of climate displacement. She is an Assistant Research Professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where she teaches environmental communication and serves as the Principle Investigator of the National Science Foundation funded Arctic Migration in Harmony Research Coordination Network. She was previously a Fulbright Awardee to Canada, a Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academies of Sciences, and a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge, where she received her PhD.