Lab Lead: San Francisco, Innovation Unit
For more than twelve years, Blair Palmer has leveraged her knowledge of technological innovations, project implementation, corporate responsibility, stakeholder engagement, and social enterprise programs to empower global health programs in both the private and nonprofit sectors. She currently serves as the Lab Lead for San Francisco for UNICEF’s innovation team. UNICEF Innovation is an interdisciplinary team of individuals around the world tasked with identifying, prototyping, and scaling technologies and practices that strengthen UNICEF’s work. Blair works to ensure universal access to basic services through the design of programs to maximize social impact and health outcomes and is responsible for sourcing new projects and ideas to connect Silicon Valley with the work of UNICEF Innovation, including the stewardship of strategic partnerships across the globe. She has also worked to advance mobile health technology as a Director at Medic Mobile, conducted infectious disease research at the University of California-San Francisco and the Institute for OneWorld Health, as well as to lead corporate responsibility efforts to improve access to healthcare worldwide, serving as Senior Manager of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment and Care for Levi Strauss & Co. and as Manager of Public Affairs at Gilead Sciences. For her work, Dell Computers recently named Blair to its #Inspire100 list of world changers in entrepreneurship, philanthropy, education and media who use technology to empower and inspire others. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt and Yale University, where she was nominated for a Fulbright Scholarship.