“I love to write and am thrilled that I get to use this skill to bring awareness of substance abuse issues to prevent harms that can affect my community. I am also most passionate about analyzing and visualizing data in maps to inform decision-makers.”
Meredith Gibson is the Media Director for the Binge and Underage Drinking Initiative, Countywide Media Advocacy Project, and Partnerships for Success. She generates news articles to promote awareness of public health issues, collaborates on opinion editorials (op-eds) with community leaders, and pitches ideas and spokespersons to news outlets, amassing media coverage at the local and national levels.
She coordinates the County of San Diego’s alcohol and other drug media advocacy, coordinates IPS San Diego’s digital media advocacy efforts, and facilitates the organization’s geospatial analysis capacity. Meredith provides SpeakWell training, a customized program in which participants learn how to be a spokesperson to the media or decision-making body, the fundamentals of civic engagement, and how to write an opinion-editorial for a local newspaper. She received her master’s in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology.