Meredith Keller was the Initiatives director at the Wisconsin Academy from 2014 to 2016, where she led both the Waters of Wisconsin and Climate & Energy Initiatives, and launched the statewide, annual Local Government Summit on Energy & Resilience. Keller left the Academy in September 2016 to pursue a postgraduate degree in Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
Meredith Keller joined the Academy in September 2014 with an array of experience in nonprofits, environmental policy, and community organizing. Before the Academy, she led the Minnesota Waters Program at Conservation Minnesota, which included working with citizens’ groups and state agencies to control the spread of aquatic invasive species.
Keller deferred college after high school, choosing instead to serve in AmeriCorps. She dedicated two years to its Reading Corps Program in Minnesota before working on a Senatorial race in 2008. While a student in Environmental Studies, History, and Political Science at UW-Madison, Keller worked as a research assistant for two professors, and finally as the Student Director at the UW-Madison Office of Sustainability. Her honors thesis in political science brought her to Freiburg, Germany, and then back to Madison, where she quantified and researched the emissions and climate change policies of the two Sister Cities. She also completed an environmental history thesis with Professor Bill Cronon examining the legacy of environmental education in Wisconsin.
After her graduate work, Keller looks forward to returning to the Midwest to continue her career in environmental and urban policy. She lives in Cambridge, England with her husband, Al, and her dog, Makwa.