Bina Venkataraman leads efforts that draw on science and technology to improve public policy and sustain the health of people and the planet. Currently, she is a Fellow at New America, director of global policy initiatives at the Broad Institute, and teaches in the department of science, technology, and society at MIT. She is a writer and 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 drove policies, stood up coalitions, and promoted entrepreneurship to combat climate change, with a particular focus on private sector and community resilience.
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, 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 the Midwest. 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.