She is Vice President, Media Innovation at the non-profit National Geographic Society. She works to identify key partnerships, grantmaking, and fellowship opportunities with creative talent.
Part of her mandate is also to increase the diversity of our journalism, photography and data visualization grantees. Kaitlin has previously held the roles at National Geographic of Head of Nat Geo Labs, Executive Editor of National Geographic Magazine, Director of Cartography, and Deputy Creative Director.
Yarnall was the lead editorial manager for National Geographic’s groundbreaking food initiative, which launched in 2014. This multi-year platform was at the time National Geographic’s most commercially successful editorial initiative. In addition to her editorial work, she negotiated and oversaw groundbreaking collaborations and contracts with multiple UN agencies around food security and agriculture. Yarnall was also deeply involved in conceptualizing the storytelling for past National Geographic series on urban impacts and population.
Yarnall frequently speaks on topics such as storytelling, data visualization, mapping, and visual narratives. She has been a keynote speaker at conferences globally and addressed the UN General assembly, Scandinavian royals, and rock concert stadiums. Yarnall has written extensively about information graphics, data visualization, and cartography. Her book contributions include publications by Taschen, Gestalten, and other international publishing houses. She frequently serves as a jury member for international journalism and design competitions.
Kaitlin has been with National Geographic for twelve years, where she started her career as a cartographer. She studied Latin American literature and geography at Humboldt State University and earned her MA in geography from the George Washington University. A California native, Kaitlin lives in Washington DC.