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Meaghan Parker

Public Policy Fellow

Professional affiliation

Chair, Future Council of the Society of Environmental Journalists


  • Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
  • Disaster Management
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Gender
  • Global Health
  • International Development
  • Migration
  • Population

Wilson Center Projects

The Future of Environmental Journalism

Full Biography

Meaghan Parker was the executive director of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) from 2018-2023. Under her leadership, SEJ raised more than $5 million; doubled its Fund for Environmental Journalism; launched new fellowship, training and outreach programs; and committed to integrating equity throughout its activities, which more than doubled the diversity of its membership. Previously, she was the senior writer/editor and partnerships director for the Environmental Change and Security Program and the Global Sustainability and Resilience Program of the Wilson Center, where she worked for 15 years. She was a founder and editor-in-chief of the award-winning New Security Beat, a daily blog covering environment, health and security. She was the supervising producer of the award-winning documentary trilogy, "Healthy People, Healthy Environment," which was filmed in Tanzania, Nepal and Ethiopia. She was the lead editor of "A New Climate for Peace," an online platform and independent study commissioned by the foreign ministers of the G7. Before stepping down to join the staff, she served for six years on SEJ's Board of Directors. She currently serves on the Board of The Uproot Project, the membership association for environmental journalists of color, as well as on the Advisory Council of Planet Forward, a project of George Washington University. She is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, JAWS (Journalism and Women Symposium), the National Association of Science Writers and The Uproot Project.

Previous Terms

Senior Writer/Editor, Environmental Change and Security Program