Karen Sack

Karen Sack

  • Senior Director
  • International Oceans,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


Karen Sack directs Pew’s international marine program which includes projects that focus on ending overfishing in Europe; conserving sharks, tunas, and deep-sea life; establishing large-scale marine reserves; and combating illegal fishing.

Before joining Pew, Sack was director of Greenpeace International’s Political Unit, and before that, head of their International Oceans Campaign. In 2004, Sack was the first person from a nongovernmental organization to speak at a regular session of the United Nations General Assembly, representing the concerns of over 60 organizations from around the world over the plight of our oceans. She has led and participated in NGO delegations to the International Whaling Commission, Antarctic Treaty meetings, U.N. Conventions on Biological Diversity and Climate Change, FAO Committee on Fisheries, U.N. Oceans and the Law of the Sea meetings and the UN Fish Stocks Agreement.

Sack holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. She also holds a master’s degree in international environmental law from the University of Cape Town in South Africa and a master’s degree in international political economy from the American University in Washington, D.C.

Recent Work

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  • Home Visiting Family Support Programs

    The federally funded, locally administered Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program sponsors family support programs that are often called “home visiting” because they take place in the homes of at-risk families. These families often lack support, experience, and knowledge of basic parenting skills. Because children don't arrive with instruction manuals, home... Read More

  • U.S. Senators From Iowa Promote Family Support, Coaching

    On April 20 and 21, Prevent Child Abuse (PCA) Iowa held its annual conference, “Building Healthy Families,” with a keynote address by Karen Kavanaugh, Pew’s home visiting campaign director, and video remarks from Iowa’s U.S. Senators, Chuck Grassley and Tom Harkin about the importance of early-childhood family support and coaching, or home visiting, programs in Iowa and across the U.S. Sens.... Read More

  • U.S. Congress Extends Funding for Vital Family Program

    On March 31, the U.S. Senate approved a six-month extension for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting, or MIECHV, program, following the same action by the U.S. House of Representatives the previous week. This federal-state partnership is a proven strategy for strengthening families and saving money. Read More

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