Ocean Program Research Associate
Shiva Polefka is the Research Associate for the Ocean Program at American Progress, which works to advance sustainable coastal economies and resilient, productive marine ecosystems.
Before joining American Progress, Shiva worked for more than five years in the Coast and Ocean Conservation program at the Environmental Defense Center in Santa Barbara, California. While there, he completed analyses of the local environmental impacts of issues including ocean acidification, open ocean aquaculture, offshore oil production, commercial shipping, and liquefied natural gas, or LNG, importation.
Shiva earned a master of arts degree in international relations and economics from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., and completed his undergraduate education at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine.