Olivia Richards(she,her,hers)

Community Development Officer
  • Center for Marine Economy

Olivia contributes to Island Institute’s Center for the Marine Economy by working to secure and preserve working waterfront access for Maine fishermen and aquaculturists. She collaborates with industry leaders, other nonprofits, land trusts, and state entities to ensure that this critical resource for the marine economy remains available to those who need it the most.

Originally from California, Olivia has built her career around food systems and marine natural resources. She studied natural resource economics at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania and received her Master’s in Agriculture, Food, and the Environment at The Friedman School for Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University where she focused on climate adaptation strategies for food systems. Olivia has also worked as a consultant, working with college campuses to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and worked for Maine Oyster Company and Bangs Island Mussels farming shellfish on the coast of Maine.

Olivia lives in Portland, and in her personal life, she finds joy in running and playing cribbage. She also enjoys exploring underwater and has an advanced Scuba license.