Islay (pronounced "EYE-lah") derives its name from the southernmost isle in the Hebrides off the western coast of Scotland. Though small and remote, this scenic island is a noteworthy economic and cultural driver of the British economy.


Photo by Nada Marriott

Photo by Nada Marriott

Islay founder Dr. Terry Babcock-Lumish specializes at the intersection of science, technology, and society. She has worked in local, state, and federal government, and the public, private, and independent sectors.

Her recent years' academic affiliations include the United States Military Academy at West Point, the University of Delaware’s Biden School of Public Policy and Administration, the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School, the University of Arizona, the Rothermere American Institute, and the Oxford Centre for the Environment, where Babcock-Lumish earned her doctoral degree as a Truman and Clarendon Scholar. While at the City University of New York's Hunter College, she served as the founding Director of Public Policy at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, dedicated to education, research, and civic engagement, in the historic New York City home of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and Sara Delano Roosevelt.

Babcock-Lumish helps organizations make complex decisions under high degrees of risk and uncertainty. She has extensive experience in public-private partnering, intergovernmental management and relations, community and economic development, financial decision-making, and catalytic domestic and international grantmaking.