Sophie Gutterman, Project Assistant

Sophie Gutterman joined Meridian Institute as a Project Assistant in June 2016. She provides support to senior Meridian staff on collaborative public policy projects. Her position as a Fellow allows her to work on a wide range of substantive areas.
Ms. Gutterman graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota in May 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Forest and Natural Resource Management and minors in Native American Environmental Knowledge, Spanish Studies, and Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. Her education and professional experience have focused on the intersection of American Indian studies and natural resource management. For her senior honors thesis, she designed and produced research on tribal relations with the U.S. Forest Service. In addition, Ms. Gutterman served as an intern for the National Indian Carbon Coalition, where she supported the entry of tribal lands into the carbon market and helped coordinate and design pilot projects across the United States. She has also helped with research on the human dimensions of aquatic invasive species (AIS) prevention though the creation of an evaluation template to assess the effectiveness of AIS programs in Minnesota counties. Through these experiences and others, Ms. Gutterman has fostered her desire to help resolve the types of complex, multi-party issues that Meridian Institute addresses.