John Mimikakis

Vice President, Oceans


Areas of expertise: Oceans Programs, catch shares

John works to create healthy and productive fisheries, vibrant oceans, and prosperous fishing communities. He leads the Oceans Program’s mission to make sustainable fishing the norm at a global scale through our efforts in the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia.

A strategic thinker with a collaborative style, John works with scientists, economists, policy advocates, and partner organizations to identify the levers of social and political change and build robust strategies that achieve results.

During John’s ten years with EDF, he has also fought to advance climate change legislation in the U.S. Congress. Prior to that, John served in various roles for nearly a decade in the U.S. House of Representatives.

John received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin and his Bachelors of Science at Tulane University, and is a former recipient of the American Chemical Society’s Congressional Science Fellowship.


  • Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin, 1997.
  • B.S., Tulane University, 1991.

John has also worked at EDF as a Senior Policy Manager in the Climate & Air program where he developed global warming solutions within transportation, power-generation and agricultural sectors, by raising support on Capitol Hill for effective greenhouse gas emissions reduction policies. From 2001 to 2006, John was Deputy Chief of Staff for the Committee on Science in the U.S. House of Representatives where he was involved in legislation on a variety of issues, including energy, environment, space exploration and technology policy. Prior to that, John served as a legislative advisor to U.S. Congressman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) on environmental, energy, and agriculture issues. In 1997, John was the American Chemical Society’s Congressional Science Fellow.

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