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Shiva Polefka

Research Associate, Ocean Policy

Shiva Polefka is a Research Associate for American Progress’s Ocean Policy program. Before joining American Progress, he worked for more than five years in the Coast and Ocean program at the Environmental Defense Center in Santa Barbara, California. In this capacity, Shiva conducted analysis of the environmental impacts of local natural resource challenges, including ocean acidification, open ocean aquaculture, offshore oil production, commercial shipping, and liquefied natural gas importation. He also worked with regional ocean stakeholders and state and federal authorities to develop appropriate policy responses.

Shiva earned an M.A. from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., and his B.A. at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine.