Terry Garcia

Executive Vice President, Mission Programs, National Geographic Society

Terry Garcia is Executive Vice President for Mission Programs for the National Geographic Society, where he is responsible for more than 400 scientific field research, conservation, and exploration projects annually. He also oversees the Society’s Explorers-in-Residence and Emerging Explorers programs.  Prior to joining the Society in 1999, Garcia was assistant secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere, U.S. Department of Commerce, and deputy administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  Programs under his leadership included recovery of endangered species, habitat conservation planning, and Clean Water Act implementation, among many others. In June 2010 Garcia was appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.