Jen Sawada is an officer for Pew’s global shark conservation campaign, managing efforts to encourage countries in the Pacific and Caribbean to adopt domestic measures to protect sharks, including creating shark sanctuaries. Since joining Pew in August 2009 as an associate and later a senior associate, she has worked on conservation measures in Honduras, Guam, American Samoa, Kiribati, the Federated States of Micronesia, and Samoa.
Sawada previously served as a campaign associate at the American Lands Alliance, with a focus on policy and legislation to protect and restore forests in the United States.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego in environmental systems ecology, behavior, and evolution.
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Sharks have been around for 400 million years, before the time of the dinosaurs, but there’s much more to them than big teeth and summer blockbusters. Consider these facts, which will change what you think about sharks. Read More
As the number of shark and ray species listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) expands, so does the need for fisheries, customs, and environment officials to identify the parts of those animals that are being traded illegally and to look into how these listings will be implemented domestically. Read More
The Pacific island nation of Kiribati announced the creation of the world’s second largest shark sanctuary this month in the country’s national waters in the central Pacific Ocean. Read More