McKenna provides clients with in-depth research, analysis, program design, and project management services. Passionate about helping communities use data to improve recycling and composting programs and achieve their zero waste goals, McKenna has led Cascadia’s work designing and conducting innovative household recycling/composting behavior studies on behalf of clients around the country. She has also overseen extensive research and program work related to best practices for waste diversion programs in multifamily settings. In addition, McKenna has been involved in numerous recycling market research studies and market development initiatives.
McKenna brings expertise in community-based social marketing, program design and evaluation, and policy analysis, and has worked on a wide range of environmental issues, including recycling and waste prevention, product stewardship, clean energy development, and energy conservation. Prior to joining Cascadia, McKenna conducted focus groups and qualitative research around the country as a public opinion researcher at Public Agenda, a nonpartisan organization based in New York City, and served as an environmental management fellow for the U.S. EPA Region 10 in Seattle.
McKenna holds a B.A. in cultural anthropology from Brown University and a master’s degree in environmental policy from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs.