Kiera Givens, Project Associate

Kiera Givens joined Meridian Institute as a Project Assistant in August 2017. She provides support to senior Meridian staff on collaborative public policy projects including the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative. Her position as a Fellow allows her to work on a wide range of substantive areas.
Ms. Givens graduated with High Distinction from the University of Virginia in May 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Anthropology. Her education and professional experience have focused on the intersection of marine science and environmental thought and practice. For her senior Environmental Science thesis, she designed and produced research on Crassostrea virginica (eastern oyster) filtration in the Chesapeake Bay, and for her senior anthropology study, she designed and produced research on the role of facilitation and joviality in mediating tensions between inclusion and efficiency in stakeholder meetings.
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, Sciaenops ocellatus, 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.