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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  • What’s Next for the U.S. Arctic Ocean?

    Shell Oil announced last week that it would discontinue its exploration efforts in the U.S. Arctic Ocean. But without strong standards for oil and gas exploration, development and production activities—as well as long-term protections for particularly sensitive areas—the ecosystem is still at risk. Read More

  • Safeguarding Important Areas in the Arctic Ocean

    The U.S. Arctic Ocean supports unique species found nowhere else in the country and is home to indigenous Inupiat people who have thrived on its bounty for thousands of years. The Pew Charitable Trusts believes that a balance must be struck between responsible economic development and preservation of ecosystem integrity and function in the Arctic Ocean. Safeguarding especially important areas can... Read More

  • Arctic Shipping Rules Needed to Protect Alaska Region

    More vessels are crossing the Arctic than ever before. Traffic through one passage, the Northern Sea Route in Russia, increased from just two vessels in 2009 to 71 vessels in 2013. Experts forecast that the volume of cargo coming through that route is likely to increase from 1.36 million tons in 2013 to 4 million tons this year and 65 million tons by 2020. But despite some recent progress, ships... Read More

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