Rachel Hopkins directs Pew’s efforts to improve the conservation of tuna populations in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans through science-based policy development and advocacy.
Hopkins joined Pew in 2008 to manage its work to advance development of rigorous, ecological standards for marine fish farming. Before becoming acting director of global tuna conservation, she led the team’s efforts to protect and rebuild Atlantic bluefin populations.
Earlier in her career, Hopkins consulted with the National Environmental Trust on its campaign to reduce the ecological impacts of salmon farming globally. She also worked with the Seafood Choices Alliance, a program of SeaWeb, to build a network of fishermen, fish farmers, chefs, and nonprofit organizations to support a more sustainable seafood market. Hopkins holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Mary Washington and a master’s degree in environmental and natural resource economics from the University of Rhode Island.