Annie Shapiro, Program Associate

Annie Shapiro joined Meridian Institute as a Project Assistant and Fellow in August 2016. She provides support to senior Meridian staff on collaborative public policy projects.
Ms. Shapiro graduated from Macalester College in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and a concentration in Legal Studies and Political Science. Ms. Shapiro’s professional experience has focused on the intersection between environmental policy, equity, and community resilience. She has provided research support to the nonprofit, legal, and government sectors in the areas of agroforestry, environmental justice, international environmental impact assessments, air pollution regulation, and sustainable coffee production.
Ms. Shapiro spent a year studying tropical conservation issues in Central America, where she piloted a geomorphological study that analyzed rates of coastal erosion and local perspectives on sea-level rise in Bocas del Toro, Panama. She has also presented original research on nuclear waste law in U.S. tribal territories, and the ecological effects of trench warfare in Eastern Europe throughout the U.S. and Europe. Ms. Shapiro has also conducted field research in Panama’s Volcan Baru cloud forest and the Greek Ionian Sea, where she studied the impacts of agriculture and aquaculture on native ecosystems and communities. Through these experiences, Ms. Shapiro has honed her passion for the type of collaborative problem-solving that Meridian conducts in its daily work.