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National Geographic Leadership

Valerie Craig

Interim Chief Science and Innovation Officer

Photograph by Mark Thiessen/National Geographic

As interim chief science and innovation officer at National Geographic Society, Valerie Craig is responsible for delivering high impact programs and grants across the organizations thematic areas of human story, critical species, natural world, and sustainable future.

Craig joined National Geographic in 2011 to help build the organization’s ocean programs, and she has worked across the organization in a variety of roles, most recently as vice president of science and exploration programs, where she led development of the Sea to Source: Plastic initiative.

Previously, Craig worked with TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, where she investigated the illegal trade of marine wildlife. She also spent seven years with Seaweb’s Seafood Choices Alliance, where she worked across the seafood industry and ocean conservation community to find and create opportunities to make the seafood marketplace more sustainable. 

Craig earned a master’s degree in environmental management from Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.A. in international relations from the University of California, Davis.