Katie Westfall

Senior Director, Resilient Fisheries


Areas of expertise:
Fisheries science and management, coastal and marine policy, community organizing and advocacy

Katie is the Director of Oceans Climate Strategies for EDF Oceans. She works with fishermen, industry representatives, supply chain actors, policymakers and researchers to improve the sustainability and economic performance of wild-capture fisheries through advocacy and the use of innovative electronic technologies.


Katie specialized in Coastal Marine Resources Management during her graduate work at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UCSB. Her research focused on incentives for sustainable fishing practices in the Galápagos lobster fishery and the performance of data-poor stock assessments.

Prior to joining EDF, Katie was a NOAA Sea Grant Knauss Fellow working for the Office of Congressman Jared Huffman of Northern California and advised on natural resources policy issues including fisheries and oceans. She also led domestic and international conservation campaigns during her time as Environmental & Program Director for Save the Waves Coalition and as a Program Manager for WiLDCOAST.


  • Master of Environmental Science and Management, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, International Relations, University of California, San Diego