Joseph Gordon

Joseph Gordon

  • Senior Manager
  • U.S. Oceans, Northeast,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Washington, D.C.


Joseph Gordon is a senior manager for Pew’s ocean conservation work in the U.S. Northeast. He directs campaigns to conserve forage fish—small schooling species that serve as food for larger fish and marine mammals—advance ecosystem-based fisheries management, and protect habitat. Gordon has helped lead successful coalition efforts to protect Atlantic menhaden, mackerel, river herring, shad, and more than 50 previously unmanaged forage fish species, and secure the largest protected area and first U.S. marine monument in the Atlantic to safeguard the future of deep-sea corals and wildlife. 

Gordon joined Pew in 2008, working on defense and implementation of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the country’s primary fishing law.  Previously, he led campaigns at National Environmental Trust, American Rivers, American Lands Alliance, Sierra Club, Save America’s Forests, and the Public Interest Research Groups where his responsibilities included campaign design and implementation, education of government officials, media relations, and public speaking. Before earning his master’s degree in public policy at the University of Maryland, College Park, Gordon worked as a high school social studies teacher.  

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