Katie Westfall

Senior Manager, Highly Migratory Species Advocacy


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

Katie is the Senior Manager for Highly Migratory Species Advocacy for EDF Oceans. She works with fishermen, industry representatives, policymakers and researchers to improve the management of highly migratory species such as sharks, tuna, swordfish and billfish. Specifically, her work is focused on ways to reduce the bycatch of imperiled shark species.


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
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