Elena Keen spent six years at the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, PC in Washington, D.C. where she worked with some of the most highly regarded environmental litigation attorneys in the world. Learning a vast amount about the intricacies of law positioned her to pursue graduate school in coastal zone management. Due to the nature of the diverse legalities and various countries involved in the management of the Caribbean islands, she first went to the U.S. Virgin Islands for her Master's Degree. Arriving on St. Thomas, USVI the same month as the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico, she made it her goal to focus on the Gulf for her Ph.D. research. Shortly after, she met her key advisors at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, and completed her Ph.D. in Coastal and Marine System Science in Corpus Christi, Texas. 

Processes learned and contacts made in Washington, DC, the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico now play an important role in the foundation of Elena Keen Consulting, drawing upon each experience to assist in tailoring solutions for clients. 


Dr. Elena Keen completed her Ph.D. at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, Texas. Her dissertation research reviewed offshore oil and gas decommissioning strategies in the Gulf, and included an in-depth analysis of finances and cost estimation. She also incorporated international perspectives and legal issues.



Prior to completing her PhD, Elena was in the US and British Virgin Islands to complete her Master's Degree in Marine and Environmental Science