Amalia Aruda Almada is the Senior Program Manager of the Planetary Health Alliance, overseeing the strategic visioning, external relations, and program operations for PHA. She received a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Joint Program and a B.S. in Biology from Georgetown University.
Before joining PHA, Dr. Almada was a Policy Analyst in the Policy and Constituent Affairs Division of NOAA’s National Ocean Service. As a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow, she was the primary advisor to the National Ocean Service (NOS) Director and the lead NOS program coordinator for science and policy issues pertaining to the Arctic, National Ocean Policy, and marine planning. Dr. Almada served as the Special Assistant to NOAA’s Senior Arctic Advisor and as the program coordinator of NOAA’s Arctic Team, supporting internal team functions and engagement with external partners, including the White House. Dr. Almada has also served as a Georgetown Science in the Public Interest Fellow in the Public Affairs Office of the Ecological Society of America.
Dr. Almada was honored with a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2010) and an Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results Fellowship (2010) for her graduate research investigating interactions between Vibrio bacteria and copepods. She was also awarded an American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) Emerging Public Policy Leadership award (2014) for her “demonstrated leadership, initiative, and enthusiasm at the interface of science and policy”.
“At a time of seemingly overwhelming challenges for our health, environment, and political systems, the field of planetary health is my beacon of hope. Truly collaborative, trans-disciplinary problem-solving is our only path forward, and I’m uplifted by the space created in this field for meaningful action by committed individuals from all walks of life.”