Tegan O’Neill is the Communications Director at the Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability at Harvard University. Tegan joined the Institute after serving as the White House Director of Platforms under the Biden administration. At the White House, Tegan was responsible for the administration’s official digital communications platforms, supporting efforts to tackle challenges ranging from the climate crisis to the global pandemic. Prior to her service in the White House, she led digital communications at NextGen America.
Tegan previously worked at NextGen Climate, University of New Hampshire Communications and Public Affairs, the University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute, and the USDA. Tegan’s work as a Sustainability Research Fellow at One Montana in 2014 helped build the foundation for new adaptation resources to support Montana’s agricultural producers.
Tegan holds a B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire, where her graduate research focused on the drivers of local climate adaptation policies.
The Salata Institute
The Salata Institute supports interdisciplinary research that leads to real-world action, including high-risk/high-reward projects by researchers already working in the climate area and new endeavors that make it easier for Harvard scholars, who have not worked on climate problems, to do so.