Iris graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science while concurrently pursuing her Masters of Public Health. As a civically engaged Hoosier and a scholar in environmental science, Iris O’Donnell Bellisario’s pursuit of sharing the effects of climate change with her peers and the community is becoming a reality. As an intern with the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, O’Donnell Bellisario worked with scientists and environmental impact groups throughout Indiana. Her philosophy is to breathe the message of climate change preparedness and response into everything she does. She is a vegan, advocates for animals and animal rights, and strives for daily behavioral changes that will leave a positive environment for future generations. O’Donnell Bellisario worked on several climate resolutions for the City of West Lafayette. She advocated for the City to conduct a greenhouse gas inventory and a climate action plan. In 2019, she was highlighted as a Top 30 Under 30 for the city of West Lafayette and a Hoosier Resilience Hero. Most recently Iris has worked in public service working with community development and economic development agencies throughout the state of Indiana.