Isabella Soparkar, Project Assistant

Isabella Soparkar joined Meridian Institute as a Project Assistant and Fellow in July 2017. She provides support to senior Meridian staff on collaborative public policy projects.
 
Ms. Soparkar graduated summa cum laude from Macalester College in May 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Political Science. Her education and professional experience thus far have focused on climate policy and its intersections with climate science, agricultural systems, trade policy, environmental justice, and women in politics. She has provided research, writing, and discussion facilitation support in both academic and nonprofit settings. For her senior honors thesis, she performed statistical analysis on congressional voting records and conducted interviews with state legislators to determine whether political leaders’ gender impacts their decision-making on climate change.
Ms. Soparkar attended the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Paris, where she researched climate displacement from small island nations, interviewing climate displacement scholars and international political figures. She has also researched the relationship between international trade policies and domestic agriculture, traveling across the state of Minnesota interviewing farmers and economists. Because of these and other experiences, Ms. Soparkar recognized that addressing environmental public policy issues requires collaboration, and she became passionate about the multi-party facilitation work conducted by Meridian Institute.