Dr. Meredith Gartin served as Board Member and Chair of the ALIRP Advocacy Committee (2020-2022) and was elected to serve as Board President (September 2022 to December 2024). She has a PhD in Global Health from Arizona State University as well as a BA in Anthropology and an MA in Sociology, from the University of Georgia and Auburn University, respectively. Meredith is an Assistant Professor of Global Health in the Department of Health Policy and Organization and School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Much of Meredith's professional work has focused on ways to build capacity for immigrants and refugees in the US and abroad. In more recent years, with the pressures of more climate refugees worldwide, Meredith's interest in advocacy for people who has been displaced has come to the forefront of her career. Meredith has worked with Lantinx migrants in Arizona, West Africa, and South East Asian refugees in Ohio.