Megan Milliken Biven

Bio

I am a New Orleanian, a Louisianan and an American. 

I like my coffee iced, and my dogs smooshed faced. I believe that our planet can be powered completely on 100% renewable energy. I believe in supply-based carbon approaches. I believe New Orleans and Louisiana can and should be be the center of an American renewable energy and land-building renaissance. Ask me how!

My husband had a rare opportunity to work in Vienna, Austria and I left my federal position to support him. Together with our 4-year-old son and our 13-year-old Boston Terrier, we are discovering what it’s like to live in a society with no “boil water advisories” and reliable public transit. But I do know what it means to miss New Orleans.

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Education

After the federal levees broke, I studied government at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

 

I studied the things which included these things: Microeconomics, Statistics, Environmental Economics, Benefit-Cost Analysis, State & Local Finance, Political Economy, Policy Approaches to Climate Change, and Political Institutions & Public Policy.

I was awarded the awards which includes these awards:

  • Harris School Community Service Student Award, 2010

  • Amy Marie Bosman Fellow​, 2009

 

Employment

I was hired as a Presidential Management Fellow for the then Marine Minerals Service the week of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. I learned a great deal during those years of agency transition.

I won some awards too:

  •  BOEM Unsung Hero Award, “Mover and Shaker”, 2016

  •  BOEM Star Awards, 2016, 2017

As a regional infrastructure expert, I analyzed infrastructure networks in the context of macroeconomic trends, natural disasters and climate change.  As a program analyst, I worked with colleagues on executing the conventional offshore energy program and trying to jumpstart a Gulf of Mexico renewable offshore energy leasing program.

I also I worked with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation on studying Louisiana’s Department of Environmental Quality management and enforcement of the Clean Water Act, and as a Hazard Mitigation Intern at City Hall, I performed cost-benefit analysis of FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants.