Elizabeth Lee joined Meridian Institute in January 2008 and is a Mediator and Program Associate. Ms. Lee works primarily on the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, a collaborative effort of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Oceans Commission. The Joint Initiative works with people and organizations at the national, regional, state, and local levels to build durable support for ocean policy reform at all levels of decision making.
Prior to joining Meridian, Ms. Lee was a Program Analyst for the NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management. At NOAA, she worked with state, regional, and federal partners to coordinate and implement indicators to assess the state of coastal ecosystems as well as the effectiveness of management programs. Ms. Lee also assisted her office in strategic planning, policy development, and legislative tracking. As a NOAA Presidential Management Fellow from 2002 to 2004, Ms. Lee spent several months on detail to the Maine Coastal Program and the Washington Department of Ecology.
Ms. Lee received her Masters of Science degree from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment. Her studies focused on natural resource dispute resolution and conservation planning. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University.