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Lina Gomez is the Vice President of Strategy and Operations at the National Geographic Society. She oversees the Society’s Education department, including National Geographic’s in-person and online Educator Network, Educator Certification Program, Educator Community, Education Fellows, Explorer magazine and Giant Maps. Gomez is responsible for the day-to-day management, strategy and goal setting for the Education department as well as the management of strategic partnerships and international strategy.
In previous roles at National Geographic, Gomez oversaw the Society’s curriculum partnerships as well as strategic planning, messaging and partner recruitment for National Geographic’s Geo-Education Initiative. She was the recipient of National Geographic’s 2016 Excellence Award.
Prior to joining National Geographic in 2013, Gomez was the co-founder and Chief Operations Officer of Viva Colombia Media, an award-winning publishing company based in Colombia, where she led the finance, administration and production departments. In addition, she oversaw the start-up, development and eventual sale of the company.
Gomez previously worked for media and communications firms where she managed strategic communications for clients in more than a dozen countries, including Malta, Argentina, Trinidad & Tobago, Iceland, Belize, South Africa, Dominican Republic and Kurdistan.
Gomez holds a B.A. in economics and anthropology from the University of Virginia.