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Meilani Schijvens is the owner and Director of Rain Coast Data, a Southeast Alaska-based research and consulting firm specializing in regional economic analysis, publications, socioeconomic impact studies, survey research, and public outreach. Meilani is also the Economic Development Director for Southeast Conference (and past Executive Director). She previously taught Alaska economic history at the University of Oregon, worked as an environmental technician at the Greens Creek Mine, and was a staffer in Washington DC for the US Senate Minority Leader.  She holds a Master of Science from the University of Oregon and a B.A. in history from Colby College. A lifelong resident of the region, she believes there is no better place on the planet.