Kiera Givens, Project Associate

Kiera Givens joined Meridian Institute as a Fellow in 2017. As a Fellow, Ms. Givens conducts research, prepares meeting materials, documents collaborative processes, and provides logistics and administrative support for a variety of Meridian projects. Her work addresses a wide range of substantive areas including U.S. federal ocean policy, fisheries management in domestic and international contexts, seafood economic development in coastal Louisiana, deforestation-free commodities, corporate sustainability in the Great Lakes region, and solar and wind energy policy.
Prior to entering the Meridian Fellowship, Ms. Givens graduated with High Distinction from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Anthropology. She conducted her Environmental Sciences thesis on oyster filtration in the Chesapeake Bay and researched stakeholder dialogues regarding Maryland oyster fishery policy for her Anthropology capstone project. Previously, Ms. Givens researched oyster filtration at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, salt marsh change over time at the Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center, and alternative dietary feeds for red drum at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Through these experiences and others, Ms. Givens has fostered her desire to help resolve the types of complex, multi-party issues that Meridian Institute addresses.