Barbara Meister, Public Affairs Director

Areas of expertise: Public Policy, Inter-Governmental Communications

Barbara Meister joined the Monterey Bay Aquarium as Public Affairs Director in May 2011. She is responsible for managing the relationships between the aquarium and Cannery Row, city and county officials, the hospitality industry and various organizations in the broader tri-county regional community.

Barbara is actively engaged in the regional policy issues that affect aquarium visitors and operations, including transportation, water and community development. She also oversees the aquarium’s affordable access programs, Free to Learn, Shelf to Shore and Student Ocean Stewards.

Prior to the aquarium, Barbara worked as communications manager for SureHarvest, a sustainable agriculture company in Soquel, CA. Her work experience also includes five years as a community organizer, a political appointment to the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 1994 to 1997, and positions in the state departments of agriculture in Texas and her home state of Nebraska.

She received her master of public policy degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard in 1994, and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Barbara lives in Santa Cruz with her husband and son.

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