Tappan Parker is the Outreach and Engagement Lead World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Systems Change Lab. He supports strategic engagement for the Lab and works to expand the projects visibility and impact with financiers, advocates, UN agencies, and policymakers. His focus is on how the Lab can spur action at the pace and scale needed to protect both people and planet.

Tappan previously served as a Project Specialist in the Tools, Reporting, and Analysis for Climate Initiative, working on outreach and engagement as part of ClimateWatch, and supported the creation of a strategy for open energy data as part of the "Global Energy Data Commons" project.

Prior to joining WRI, Tappan worked on anti-corruption projects in Europe and Eurasia with the Center for International Private Enterprise, supported program development and grassroots campaigns with Environment America, and conducted media monitoring with the American Wind Energy Association.

Tappan holds an M.A. in International Development from American University and a B.A. in Festival and Event Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In his free time, Tappan enjoys biking, board games, playing music and tacos.