Chapter Co-Chair - Joylette Portlock
Joylette Portlock, PhD, has spent her career thus far successfully connecting people to each other and to needed information. Dr. Portlock is associate director of science and research at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. She is also the executive director of Communitopia, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit focused on climate change communication. There, she is the project lead and star of the Don't Just Sit There - Do Something! video series on climate change, targeted to the general public.
Dr. Portlock studied biology and anthropology at MIT and completed her PhD in genetics at Stanford University in 2006. Her career in science communication began with designing programs for science museums. Following this early experience, Dr. Portlock worked for The Climate Reality Project, pioneering the organization of the national community of climate presenters (she is one of the first 1100 trainees). Later, she served as Western Pennsylvania Outreach Coordinator for PennFuture, a statewide environmental advocacy group where she worked with the organization's members, elected officials, and the public on climate, energy, air, water, mining, and transportation issues. Dr. Portlock currently serves on the Allegheny County Board of Health. She has worked on climate change issues and advocacy at the individual, local, regional, state, and national level. Long before any of that, however, she started her family recycling (before curbside pickup was a thing) and co-founded her high school's Earth Club.
Her accomplishments make clear her passion and aptitude for making the world a better, fairer, more knowledgeable place.