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Terry Babcock-Lumish

President & Visiting Scholar

Islay & University of Delaware School of Public Policy & Administration



Consumer Technology Education Government International Policy Legislation Military National Security Policy Research

Dr. Terry Babcock-Lumish founded Islay, a mission-driven strategy consultancy, in 2005. Her research interests involve decision-making at the intersection of science, technology, and society. Terry served as the founding director of public policy at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, dedicated to education, research, and civic engagement, in the Roosevelts’ historic NYC home. Recent years’ academic affiliations include CUNY, Oxford, Harvard, UArizona, UDelaware, and USMA, where she developed West Point’s first behavioral economics program and a partnership with the Culinary Institute of America. She has worked in local, state, and federal government. Upon leaving the President’s President’s Council of Economic Advisers in 2001, she served as a researcher for two books by former VP Al Gore. Terry completed her BS at Carnegie Mellon, and earned her MPA in environmental and technology policy as an IU SPEA Lilly Fellow. She read her DPhil at Oxford as a Truman and Clarendon Scholar.

Keywords: environment, climate change, behavioral economics, public policy, philanthropy, innovation, venture capital, risk, entrepreneurship, decision making, strategy