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Chris is an active member of our Events Committee and takes on a variety of projects in her work! Read her profile below:
For quite a few years, Chris Meier has had an avid interest in sustainability and recently elected to shift her career path in that direction. After investigating different avenues to achieve this goal, she pursued activities to provide a related foundation. In 2014, Chris graduated from MIT with a M.S. in Engineering and Management, as well as a Certificate in Sustainability. She has also earned LEED AP BD+C accreditation and has been a volunteer for the USGBC MA chapter as an events committee member for close to a year. Although her most recent efforts have been focused on sustainability, her previous diverse background also provides added value.
Most notably, she directed corporate programs at different stages of maturity—an accessibility program at BMC Software and ergonomics program at Ameriprise where she applied her PhD in Human Factors Psychology. Chris created the program at BMC Software, with the crucial involvement of multifunctional internal and external stakeholders, to provide accessible technology to those with disabilities. By addressing related U.S. and global laws and standards, hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue were saved. On the other hand, Chris managed an already mature program at Ameriprise, affording public relations opportunities to proclaim its achievements. She collaborated with the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) in their investigation of the ergonomics program, which was deemed successful based on financial and operational factors, culminating in a report to congressional requesters.
In terms of sustainability on a personal note, a key impact has been her move to Harvard Square, where she resides with her husband, Floyd, and dog named Smudge. Chris relishes the easy access to public transportation and amenities, as well as scenic outdoor space in the area to accommodate long walks.