Meaghan Calcari

Meaghan Calcari

Program Officer, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation


Meaghan Calcari Campbell is a Program Officer in the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Marine Conservation Initiative. She co-designed the 10-year, $120M initiative with former Nicholas School alum Rachel Strader and is now involved in program implementation. In her role, Meaghan helps advance comprehensive marine spatial planning in Canada through work with resource users, civil society organizations, First Nations and Provincial and Federal governments. She is most proud of her work to help negotiate a public-private partnership between 18 sovereign First Nations governments and the Province of British Columbia to complete a science-based, stakeholder-informed marine spatial plan for two thirds of the British Columbia coast. The Marine Planning Partnership signed its plans in 2015 and implementation agreements in 2016.

Meaghan has served as a multi-year facilitator of an ocean conservation funders working group with the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity, Board Secretary for both the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network and American Institute of Wine and Food, and is currently on the Board of the Environmental Grantmakers Association.  She also has a MBA in Community Economic Development from Cape Breton University.

Meaghan is a four-year survivor of breast cancer and now is Board President for an all-volunteer nonprofit, the Bay Area Young Survivors (, that serves over 450 women living with breast cancer who were diagnosed before the age of 45. In this role, beyond providing direct support services, she advocates for better toxic and chemical legal reform as well as comprehensive health care. She has also co-edited two anthologies of personal narratives written by young women with breast cancer.


"What sets Nicholas School students apart is the applied nature of the program—beyond refreshing me on marine ecology and economics, I learned conflict resolution, facilitation, and policy and law analysis. All of which has served me in my current role at the Moore Foundation. It’s also been a privilege in my job to bridge diverse interests, like health and human rights, back to the environment. The Nicholas School helped lay that groundwork.”