Meet an Alum: Jamie Mierau, Director of River Protection

Jamie Mierau

We asked alumna Jamie Mierau (Class of 2007) some questions about her career and time at ENRP. See what she had to say below...

Current job position: Director of River Protection for American Rivers. American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 80 staff and 200,000 members, supporters, and volunteers.

Hometown: Denver, Colorado

Undergraduate School: Denison University

Why Jamie chose ENRP: I chose ENRP because of its multidisciplinary focus and because it is geared towards working professionals.

How ENRP prepared Jamie for her professional career: The program has helped me better analyze and understand complex environmental issues through multiple perspectives and disciplines. 

Why Jamie enjoys her current job: I love helping people connect to their hometown rivers through recreation and and working with them to protect their rivers. I especially love the time I get to explore rivers across the country!

Jamie's capstone project: The topic of my capstone project was Colorado’s Fraser River, the growing demands for water on the Front Range and West Slope, and the impact of transmountain water diversions on natural and human populations.

Jamie's favorite aspect of ENRP: Having class with and learning from a diverse group of working professionals in fields other than environmental policy. They gave me a helpful perspective on how those outside the environmental policy world view these issues and solutions.  

Jamie's tips for living, studying, and working in DC: Leave your car at home and enjoy all that the city has to offer!

Jamie's career tips for those interested in environmental policy: Get some work experience before starting graduate school. You’ll have a richer, more fulfilling experience.

A fun-fact about Jamie: In 2009, a friend and I created the Revolve Giving Circle. Our mission is to foster a powerful wave of philanthropy by providing funds and assistance to the people in need and the organizations that serve them, in the greater Washington, DC area. Since our start, we have raised tens of thousands of dollars that support organizations addressing the most pressing needs of our community.