Bina Venkataraman is a writer and policy expert whose work lies at the intersection of science and social & environmental change. Currently, she is a Fellow at New America and teaches in the department of science, technology, and society at MIT. She is a former journalist for The New York Times and The Boston Globe.
Bina previously served as Senior Advisor for Climate Change Innovation in the Obama White House, where she forged partnerships among communities, companies, and government to combat carbon emissions and prepare for climate disasters. She has also led coalitions to shape national science policies as Director of Global Policy Initiatives at the Broad Institute of Harvard & MIT, a position from which she is currently on leave.
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Bina is an alumna of Brown University and Harvard’s Kennedy School. She is the recipient of Fulbright, a Princeton in Asia fellowship, a Metcalf fellowship, and a James Reston fellowship. She serves on the Brown University President’s Leadership Council, the advisory council of the Institute at Brown for the Environment and Society, and the Board of Earthwatch. She was named a 2015 Global Young Leader by the French-American Foundation.
Bina has worked in India, Alaska, Cuba, Mexico, Vietnam, and Guatemala; she grew up in Ohio. Her endeavors abroad and at home have included translating Spanish and English in emergency rooms, teaching writing to Harlem high school students, working the graveyard shift at a hotel in the Arctic wilderness, lobster fishing in Baja California Sur, and cataloguing films for a cinema critic in Havana.