Victoria Herrmann is president and managing director of The Arctic Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to Arctic security research. As a National Geographic Explorer, she traveled across the United States in 2016-17 interviewing 350 local leaders to identify what’s needed most to safeguard coastal communities against climate change impacts. Her current project, Rise Up to Rising Tides, is creating an online matchmaking platform that connects pro bono experts with climate-affected communities to help safeguard heritage. Victoria teaches sustainability management at American University; science communication at the University Centre of the Westfjords, Iceland; and public speaking at National Geographic Sciencetelling Bootcamps. She was previously a Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellow, Fulbright awardee to Canada, National Academies of Sciences Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow, and Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge, where she received her Ph.D. in geography.