Joseph Gordon manages campaigns for Pew’s ocean conservation work in the U.S. Northeast. The focus of his efforts is to conserve forage fish, advance ecosystem-based fisheries management, and protect habitat. Gordon has helped lead successful coalition efforts to conserve Atlantic menhaden, mackerel, river herring, shad, and more than 50 previously unmanaged forage fish species and to establish the largest protected areas in the U.S. Atlantic. Gordon has also worked on implementation of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the country’s primary fishing law.
Before joining Pew, Gordon led campaigns at the National Environmental Trust, American Rivers, American Lands Alliance, Sierra Club, Save America’s Forests, and the Public Interest Research Groups, where his responsibilities included campaign design and implementation, education of government officials, media relations, and public speaking. He also was a high school social studies teacher.
Gordon holds a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and a master’s in public policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.