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Joylette Portlock

Joylette Portlock is the Associate Director of Science and Research, Carnegie Museum of Natural History. She is also the Executive Director of Communitopia and has served on the Communitopia board since 2010. 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. Joylette studied biology at M.I.T. and completed her Ph.D. in genetics from Stanford University in 2006. During and following her studies at Stanford, she designed genetics programs for science museums, relocating to the Pittsburgh area in 2007. Joylette has worked previously for The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit founded to increase public awareness of climate change, where she organized the national community of climate presenters. Later, she served as Western Pennsylvania Outreach Coordinator with PennFuture, a statewide environmental advocacy group where she worked with the organization’s members, elected officials, and the public on energy, air, water,
mining, and transportation issues. Joylette also currently serves on the Allegheny County Board of Health.