Environmental Law Program

Update from D.C.: 2013 Alum Mele Coleman Working as a Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellow with NOAA

Mele Coleman
Aloha from D.C.! I just wanted to update my Richardson ʻohana on how my fellowship is going. First, for those of you who don’t know me, I moved to D.C. after J-term to start working as a Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Program Planning and Integration (PPI) as a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Specialist. While most of the 2013 class of Knauss fellows work at NOAA, some work at other federal agencies or for Congress.

I’m seven months into the one-year long fellowship and I am so grateful for this wonderful experience. In addition to having a position that allows me to use my legal skills to do important, interesting, and challenging work, I’m having a terrific time! Opportunities for learning and networking are truly endless in D.C., especially as a Knauss fellow; it’s definitely an exciting city. There are plenty of opportunities to relax or play in nature as well, although I am not so happy about having to drive about three hours to get to the ocean! But the D.C. area has great parks, hiking trails, and biking routes, and paddling on the Potomac is great when the weather is good.

If you are a 1L or 2L and at all interested in marine policy, contact the Hawai‘i Sea Grant program to discuss the fellowship—applications for the 2015 fellowship are due in February 2014. And if you have any questions about the fellowship, contact me!

Mele N. Coleman

Picture: Mele Coleman (’12)