Denise Choy Stetten

Director, Operations & Program Management


Areas of expertise: Oceans Program, Latin America and the Caribbean, renewing fisheries

Denise helps a team of scientists, policy analysts and economists deliver innovative training, tools and expertise on fishing rights around the world. She focuses on meeting the needs of EDF’s growing international Oceans program. Prior to joining the Fishery Solutions Center, Denise worked to create sustainable fisheries and healthy oceans in Cuba, Belize and Mexico. Raised on the tiny island of Barbados, she has always been deeply connected to the sea and is passionate about sustaining the oceans, fisheries and coastal ecosystems. Denise graduated from Duke University with a Masters in Environmental Management (MEM) and holds a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Florida International University.


  • BS, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Spanish and Environmental Studies, Florida International University
  • Master of Environmental Management, Environmental Economics and Policy, Duke University
  • Past Member, NC GreenPower Board of Directors

Denise has worked with EDF on North Carolina energy policy, climate change and clean car technology.

Prior to EDF, Denise worked with the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines on beach nourishment issues on the North and South Carolina coastlines. She has also worked with the Barbados Marine Trust and stakeholders to raise awareness on marine protection and with Coconut Court Beach Resort to achieve and maintain third party certification for environmental standards.

  • Denise Choy Stetten

    Denise Choy Stetten


Raleigh, North Carolina office

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