Julia Kumari Drapkin
Executive Producer, iSeeChange
Julia Kumari Drapkin is the executive producer and founder of iSeeChange.org. She is a radio, television, and multimedia producer based in New Orleans with a passion for finding innovative ways to connect people to their environment and to each other. iSeeChange was born out of covering natural disasters and climate change science across the globe and in her own backyard. Drapkin has worked as the Senior Science Reporter for The Nature Conservancy; a foreign correspondent and environmental radio reporter for PRI’s The World and Global Post in South America; as a photojournalist for the Associated Press in South Asia and the St. Petersburg Times; and most recently as a multimedia producer for the Times Picayune. She was a NSF Polar Fellow in 2009 and a Metcalf Environmental Reporting Fellow in 2007. Her work with iSeeChange has aired on This American Life, won several national and regional awards, and been recognized by the White House Climate Data Initiative. Drapkin currently serves on the board of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters and is a consultant for both NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Resources for the Future. Prior to journalism, Julia did research anthropology and archaeology for over 7 years in Latin America, where she geeked out on Mayan farmer’s almanacs.