Director, Global Ocean Legacy
Matt Rand joined Pew as director of the Global Ocean Legacy project in 2013. He works with local communities, governments, and scientists around the world to protect and conserve some of the Earth’s most important and unspoiled marine environments.
Senior Associate, Global Ocean Legacy - United Kingdom
Johnny Briggs is a senior associate with Pew’s Global Ocean Legacy campaign in the London office. Briggs joined the campaign in 2015 after seven years of experience in environmental policy and global advocacy. In his previous job at Sancroft International, he worked on environmental issues, including sustainable strategy and risk projects. He earned a doctoral degree in environmental science in 2007 from the University of Nottingham and a master’s degree in global energy and climate change policy from the University of London in 2015.
Director, Global Ocean Legacy - New Caledonia
Christophe Chevillon directs Pew’s Global Ocean Legacy project in New Caledonia. He has nearly three decades of experience in New Caledonia, mainly in the public sector.
Consultant, Global Ocean Legacy - Easter Island
Cesar Guala Catalán is a consultant and adviser to Pew who directs Global Ocean Legacy’s project in Chile. The Global Ocean Legacy team is working to establish the world’s first generation of great marine parks by securing the designation of large, fully protected reserves.
Director, Global Ocean Legacy - Kermadec
Bronwen Golder leads Pew’s Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary initiative in New Zealand. She has spent more than 20 years working primarily for not-for-profit and government organizations, with a strong focus on the environment and conservation.
Consultant, Global Ocean Legacy - Palau
Jennifer Koskelin-Gibbons is a consultant and adviser to Pew who directs the Global Ocean Legacy campaign in Palau. Koskelin-Gibbons has been executive director of the Palau Chamber of Commerce since 2011 and has more than a decade of strategic marketing and project management experience.
Senior associate, Global Ocean Legacy – Easter Island
Emily Owen is a senior associate with Pew’s Global Ocean Legacy project. She manages the program’s Easter Island campaign, which is working with the island’s Rapa Nui community and the Chilean government to create the world’s third-largest marine reserve. Before joining Pew in Washington, Owen lived in Chile for 10 years, where she did environmental work for nongovernmental organizations and the private sector. Her experience in conservation planning and campaigning has focused on combining science, natural resource management strategies, and community stewardship to protect unique biodiversity and ecosystems.
Project coordinator, Global Ocean Legacy - Easter Island
Simón "Kuchy" Pakarati was appointed project coordinator for the on-site team of Global Ocean Legacy’s Easter Island project in May 2012. Pakarati is a Rapa Nui fisherman who has held leadership roles at the Hanga Piko Fishing Syndicate as well as in local marine conservation initiatives. As on-site project coordinator, he is responsible for the general execution of the project on the island, as well as keeping permanent and collaborative relations with local leaders and authorities.
Director, Global Ocean Legacy - French Polynesia
Jérôme Petit directs Pew’s Global Ocean Legacy project in French Polynesia. He has a decade of technical and political experience in international biodiversity governance.
Consultant, Global Ocean Legacy - French Polynesia
Poema du Prel is a consultant for Global Ocean Legacy’s French Polynesia initiative. She brings a strong Polynesian connection to the campaign and spends her time in the Austral Islands, working with local communities on the definition of a large-scale marine protected area for this archipelago. Du Prel has traveled from Antarctica to the Solomon Islands. She has an eclectic work path and speaks Tahitian, French, and English. Du Prel lives on her boat on Moorea, an island in French Polynesia.
Officer, Global Ocean Legacy - New Caledonia
Aline Schaffar is an officer with Pew’s Global Ocean Legacy project for New Caledonia. She has served as a consultant in marine biology, studying humpback whales, marine mammals, and turtles, and has published a wide range of scientific articles and reports. Schaffar holds a master’s degree in zoology.
Officer, Global Ocean Legacy - French Polynesia
Donatien Tanret is an officer with Pew’s Global Ocean Legacy project in French Polynesia. He has developed numerous environmental assessments and management plans, which contributed to development and establishment of nature conservation areas across French Polynesia. Tanret holds master’s degrees in environmental sciences and geography.
Officer, Global Ocean Legacy
Angelo O’Connor Villagomez is an officer with Pew’s Global Ocean Legacy project. He has helped secure the designation of the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument by the U.S. government, as well as passage of more than two dozen shark conservation laws in small Pacific and Caribbean island states. Villagomez has more than 10 years of grassroots experience campaigning for ocean protections and has worked for the League of Conservation Voters, the Smithsonian, and the Mariana Islands Nature Alliance.