Jacqueline Savitz is Oceana’s Chief Policy Officer for North America. Her background and training in marine biology and environmental toxicology combined with over two decades of policy experience provide Oceana with a combination of sound science, clear environmental vision and successful leadership. In addition to overseeing all campaigns for U.S. Oceans, Savitz leads Oceana’s involvement in Global Fishing Watch, a partnership of Oceana, SkyTruth and Google that has made the tracks of the global commercial fishing fleet available to everyone in the world with an internet connection, in near real time, for free. Global Fishing Watch sheds light on commercial fishing behavior worldwide.
Savitz has held several positions at Oceana over her ten-plus year tenure, including senior scientist, senior campaign director and deputy vice president of U.S. campaigns. During that time she designed and led Oceana campaigns on climate and energy, mercury and cruise ship pollution.
Prior to her work with Oceana, Savitz served as Executive Director of Coast Alliance, a network of over 600 organizations around the country working to protect the coasts from pollution and development. In the mid-nineties, Savitz worked as an environmental policy analyst with the Environmental Working Group in Washington, D.C., an organization known for producing media-savvy reports on a variety of environmental issues. Before that she worked as an environmental scientist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, one of the nation’s largest regional conservation organizations, where she spent five years working to protect the Chesapeake Bay.
Savitz earned her master’s degree in environmental science with an emphasis in toxicology from the University of Maryland, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, where her work focused on the effects of contaminants on aquatic life. She earned her bachelor’s degree in marine science and biology from the University of Miami in Florida.