Meredith Berkman is a co-founder of Parents Against Vaping e-cigarettes (PAVe), an advocacy and education organization created in 2018 by three moms as a grassroots response to the youth vaping epidemic. Run and powered by volunteers, PAVe has become the national parent voice fighting Big Tobacco’s predatory behavior towards kids. Working at the local, state, and federal levels, PAVe supports ending the sale of all flavored e-cigarettes and all menthol and other flavored tobacco products. PAVe’s free educational training, materials and resources, available in both Spanish and English, empower parents to educate others in their own communities about the dangers of youth tobacco use.
Berkman, a mother of four, is a graduate of Brown University, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. A former journalist, Berkman has written for publications including New York magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and the New York Post.