November 23, 2021

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Meet Heather McGeory Global Lead Climate & Sustainability, APCO Worldwide

Heather McGeory has been working on climate change issues with business, governments, foundations, non-profits and multilateral institutions for the last 20 years. Learn more about her and her inspiring work in our latest feature.

For those who don’t know you, tell us a little about your background.

For the last 20 years, I have worked on climate change issues with business, governments, foundations, non-profits and multilateral institutions through the enablers of communications, campaigns, finance, policy and philanthropy. My first job out of college was working as a lab assistant at NASA; farming millet and sorghum crops in the Biosphere 2 Center to measure the effects of increased atmospheric CO2 on food crops.

What are you most looking forward to about reviewing Anthem Awards entries?

I am most looking forward to learning about the innovative new work that is already changing the world. It’s wonderful that these awards are just starting; highlighting and focusing on new leaders and new projects.

What does it take for a project or campaign to cause real-world change?

Sometimes we think that a project or campaign “suddenly” pops-up in an issue area. What we don’t often think about or know about are the months or years of work that went into the success of that project!

How does your work at APCO Worldwide support your mission?

Getting the world to Net Zero by 2050 or sooner and keeping global temperature rise limited at 1.5 degrees celsius is my mission – personally and professionally. It is my absolute focus. At APCO Impact, we work at the intersection of business, NGOs, governments and philanthropy so we are able to draw connections across who, what and how entities are activating in climate change through their ESG approach and integrating climate risk. We work with partners at the highest level of ambition on climate in every sector.