Senior Director, Fish Forever Program
Areas of expertise: U.S. and international marine policy and law, rebuilding fisheries
Jessica directs EDF's Fish Forever project, a partnership with the Sustainable Fisheries Group at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Rare, an organization that uses social marketing techniques in support of conservation. Fish Forever is a global initiative that empowers the world's most vulnerable coastal communities to sustainably manage their own fisheries, simultaneously strengthening local fisheries, increasing food security and protecting their natural resources. Fish Forever partners are working in Belize, Indonesia, the Philippines, Brazil and Mozambique, because of each nation's high level of marine biodiversity, important coral reef habitat and dependence on coastal fisheries for food and livelihoods.
Jessica also coordinates EDF's engagement with small-scale fisheries policy, such as the implementation of the Food and Agriculture Organization's recently adopted Guidelines on Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries, and with 50in10, the global initiative to bring 50% of global marine fisheries under sustainable management within 10 years.
Jessica, a US-trained lawyer, brings over a quarter century of legal and policy experience to her job. Before taking on her current role directing EDF's engagement in the Fish Forever partnership, she led EDF's efforts in the EU's reform of the Common Fisheries Policy and worked with US colleagues to enhance the performance of regional fishery management councils.
Prior to joining EDF Jessica was head of Marine and Fisheries Policy for WWF's European Policy Office in Brussels. She has also worked to support water quality as a Senior Attorney at NRDC, and as Co-chair of the national Clean Water Network. She has served as Senior Counsel for Science and Policy at COMPASS, Director of Publications for the Pew Oceans Commission, and is a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation.
- B.A. in Politics, Economics, Rhetoric and Law from the University of Chicago
- J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
- Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation (2001)