Dr. Meredith Feike is an anthropologist and historian specializing in cultural resource preservation and management, community capacity building, and the History of the Gulf South. Born and raised in New Orleans, Meredith holds a dual Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology and Geography with a focus on disaster risk reduction in global humanitarian settings. An alumna of the Louise S. McGehee School, Meredith received her Bachelor of Arts in History from Tulane University’s Newcomb College. She is founder of Little Cultural Explorers, an afterschool enrichment program designed to create cultural awareness in New Orleans schools. Internationally, Meredith has served as Research Faculty and Gender Advisor for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Disaster Resilience Leadership Program and USAID’s Program to Enhance Resilience in Somalia. Formerly a researcher for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Coastal Community Resilience Project, she conducted extensive fieldwork in the New Orleans Vietnamese community post-Hurricane Katrina. In addition to serving as President of the Tulane University Women’s Association, Meredith is a member of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, American Anthropological Association, Southern Anthropological Society, and the International Association of Emergency Managers.