About Upriver

Upriver Consulting, founded by Kristy Meyer, is your catalyst for a greener and more just world. With extraordinary tenacity and a commitment to listening and adapting, we help turn the gears to enact policy that culminates in environmental justice.

At Upriver Consulting, our mission is clear: to help environmentally-driven organizations clarify, create, and execute strategic campaigns so their people-focused policies win. 

We believe that every individual has the power to shape our planet's destiny. By collaborating with us, clients not only benefit from our unparalleled expertise, but co-create a sustainable future, where harmony between humanity and nature is not just an aspiration but a reality.

About Kristy Meyer

Inspired by the influential movie based on Diane Faussey's remarkable dedication to saving gorillas, Kristy experienced a profound awakening. The film's portrayal of deforestation, animal cruelty, and the pressing challenges faced by the rainforest's inhabitants ignited a fire within her soul. 

Kristy immersed herself in learning about the pressing environmental issues we face today. She took it upon herself to educate her family about recycling and sustainability practices, highlighting the importance of individual responsibility. 

Kristy's unwavering commitment led her to pursue a Bachelor's degree in environmental biology, where she honed her scientific knowledge and developed a profound understanding of the interconnectedness of our natural systems. Driven by an insatiable thirst for knowledge and a desire to effect systemic change, she went on to achieve her Masters of Science in Environmental Biology, gaining invaluable expertise in environmental policy and justice and conservation strategies.

From there, Kristy embarked on a professional track that established her vast professional network and her understanding of the strategies and tactics that lead to successful legislation.

Her experience includes:

Over 20 years in campaign planning and implementation

Securing nearly $4 billion in federal funding and over $10 million for organizations

Acting as VP of Policy of Natural Resources at the Ohio Environmental Council

Associate Director at Freshwater Future

Director of Sustainability at Smart Columbus

Her accomplishments in these roles include:

Successfully passing the ground-breaking Great Lakes Compact - a eight state binding agreement of how the waters of the Great Lakes will be protected and managed

Briefing the Obama White House on safe drinking water and assembled an Advisory Council for the White House

Led a campaign that secured a commitment by the Governors of Ohio and Michigan and the Premier of Quebec to reduce nutrient pollution in Lake Erie by 40% by 2025

Lead a campaign resulting in the ban of disposal of dredged sediments into Lake Erie

Worked with Governor Dewine to preserve access to tap water during the pandemic

Upriver Consulting was born from Kristy's unwavering dedication to sustainability and her deep desire to make a tangible impact on the world. Armed with her profound understanding of environmental science, her expertise in policy strategy, and knack for kindling relationships, Kristy and her team at Upriver Consulting provide well-informed and well-connected guidance to environmentally-driven organizations so their justice-centered policies win.

When Kristy isn’t creating winning strategies for clients, she enjoys the outdoors with her husband, Chase, and children, Jocelyn and Dylan.

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