Jackie Savitz, Oceana Vice President for US and Global Fishing Watch

Jacqueline Savitz

Global Fishing Watch co-founder

Chief Policy Officer for Oceana

Jacqueline Savitz is Oceana’s chief policy officer. Harnessing a background in marine biology and environmental toxicology—along with more than three decades of environmental policy experience—Savitz leads Oceana’s work in the United States, European Union, Mexico and Belize. She also oversees the organization’s use of Global Fishing Watch data and tools to advocate for increased transparency on the ocean through a combination of sound science, clear environmental vision and successful leadership. As a Global Fishing Watch co-founder, she has served on the board since its inception.

Prior to her work with Oceana, Savitz was executive director of Coast Alliance, a network of over 600 organizations working to protect U.S. coasts from pollution and development. In the mid-1990s she worked as an environmental policy analyst with the Environmental Working Group in Washington, D.C., a research and advocacy group known for producing media-savvy reports on a variety of environmental issues. She began her career as an environmental scientist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Savitz earned her master’s degree in environmental science from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and a bachelor’s degree in marine science and biology from the University of Miami in Florida.

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