Geography 2050

Ms. Kaitlin Yarnall

National Geographic Society

Ms. Kaitlin Yarnall is the National Geographic Society’s Senior Vice President of Storytelling. She is responsible for expanding the organization’s impact on journalism, photography, filmmaking, and data visualization to help the Society further illuminate issues within its areas of focus: our Changing Planet, Wildlife, and the Human Journey. Ms. Yarnall began her career at National Geographic as a cartographer. She has since served as Executive Editor, Director of Cartography, and Deputy Creative Director of National Geographic magazine, as well as head of Nat Geo Labs. She has addressed the UN General Assembly, Scandinavian royals, rock concert stadiums, and conferences worldwide on topics such as storytelling, data visualization, mapping, and visual narratives, and has been published extensively on these subjects. Ms. Yarnall studied Latin American literature and geography at Humboldt State University and earned her M.A. in geography from The George Washington University.