Chris Meehan is one of those folks who has worn many hats over the years, from working in bars, construction and restaurants, to nurseries, and on political and advocacy campaigns. But throughout all that he’s always been focussed on writing and communications. That diversity of experience and interest as well as an upbringing in the verdant, rolling landscape of rural Maryland in the shadows of South Mountain give him a depth of experience and sense of connectivity with others that make him an ideal communicator. He’s upgraded the size of the mountains he’s now in the shadow of—by moving to Colorado—which has helped broaden his experience and abilities further.
He brings this to bear in his work, which when writing, can bring understanding of complex scientific ideas and technologies to a broader audience and can be humorous, serious or business-focussed depending on his clients’ needs.
Chris also has an extensive history as an editor, extending back to 2001 when he took a position with the National Association for Interpretation while attending Colorado State University. He received a B.A. in English with an emphasis on creative writing, a theatre minor and a multidisciplinary Environmental Affairs certificate. While at CSU he also wrote The Collegian, CSU’s newspaper.
About a year after graduating from CSU he returned to the Washington, D.C.-region and in 2004 began working with Atlantic Information Services, where he took on a research and editorial assistant position. He wrote healthcare business newsletters, worked on Websites and edited The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shields Plans, and other publications. Within four years he became a managing editor, developing new products for the company, including the Business of College and University Sustainability.
In 2009 he returned to Colorado where he still lives and began working as a freelancer and spent a year as a legislative fellow for the Colorado Environmental Coalition where he worked on environmental and clean energy legislation tracking 80 bills as they wended through Colorado’s legislative process. Since then he’s written for a number of publications both in print and online, including Westword, 303 Magazine, Sun & Wind Energy, Trails Edge and is the head writer for Clean Energy Authority. He’s also written countless fact sheets, white papers, press releases and recently completed editing Trail Tested: A Thru-hiker’s Insights into Hiking and Backpacking, ultrahiker Justin Lichter’s first book.