Marilyn Heiman

Marilyn Heiman

  • Director
  • U.S. Arctic,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Washington


Marilyn Heiman directs Pew’s work promoting science and community-based conservation of the U.S. Arctic Ocean.

Before joining Pew, Heiman was campaign manager for the International Boreal Conservation Campaign, which works to protect one of the largest forest ecosystems on Earth. She served as the Secretary of Interior’s Alaska policy advisor during the Clinton administration. In that capacity, she coordinated activities of the Bureau of Land Management, the Minerals Management Service, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey in Alaska. As Alaska representative to the Secretary of Interior, she served on the six-person Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council.

Previously, she was special assistant on natural resources and oceans for Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles and was director of his statewide transition team after his election in 1994. Prior to that she worked as an aide to the House Resources Committee in the Alaska legislature during the Exxon Valdez oil spill and was staff to the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Commission.

Heiman holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She currently serves on the board of the Puget Sound Keeper Alliance.

Recent Work

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  • 5 Big Environmental Wins of 2014

    One of the great challenges of our time is saving the natural environment and the rich array of life it supports on land and in the sea. Every day, Pew is working across the globe to preserve wilderness, restore biodiversity, and increase understanding of ocean ecology. In 2014, we joined our partners in celebrating successes around the world that will help conserve wildlife habitat and... Read More

  • Administration Proposes Arctic Standards for Offshore Drilling

    The U.S. Department of the Interior has proposed a suite of Arctic technology and equipment standards for offshore oil and gas exploration. These draft rules are the first of their kind for the Arctic and will set a minimum standard for exploration drilling in this area.  Read More

  • Arctic Standards for Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling

    In February 2015, the federal government proposed new rules for offshore oil and gas companies to improve safety and prevent spills in the U.S. Arctic Ocean. Until the rule is finalized, no Arctic-specific standards exist, even though the region is much more remote and the conditions much more challenging than in the temperate waters where most of our country’s offshore drilling occurs. Read More

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