Chief Project and Impact Office, National Geographic Society
Brooke Runnette, National Geographic Society’s executive vice president and chief exploration and impact officer, leads the society’s impact agenda to empower world-changing science, exploration, and education; captivate and inspire global citizens; and advance solutions to sustain our planet for generations to come. She is responsible for all grant-making across the global nonprofit in the areas of science, exploration, storytelling, and education as well as the society’s signature programs, including National Geographic’s Pristine Seas, the Okavango Wilderness Project, and the Out of Eden Walk, among others. She also has oversight of the society’s Committee for Research and Exploration and efforts to attract and cultivate explorers. Prior to assuming her current role, Runnette spent her career focused on using the power of media for education and social good. She was previously president of National Geographic Studios, where she was responsible for all television, film, and digital video production for the National Geographic Society. Before heading National Geographic Studios, Runnette was president of National Geographic Television, served as an executive producer and director of development for special projects at Discovery Channel, and had a long career in broadcast journalism. She was a producer for ABC News’ “Nightline” with Ted Koppel from 2002 to 2006 and previously produced for “Frontline,” CBS’s “60 Minutes II,” and for Peter Jennings at ABC News, among others. Her many honors include Emmy and Peabody awards. She graduated from Yale University with an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree in special programs in the humanities.