Matt Rand


Matt Rand
Matt Rand
Senior Director
Marine Habitat Protection
The Pew Charitable Trusts


Matt Rand leads Pew’s large-scale marine habitat conservation. This includes the Blue Nature Alliance, a partnership with Conservation International, and the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project, a joint initiative with the Bertarelli Foundation. He previously directed Pew’s Global Ocean Legacy project and Pew’s shark conservation efforts.

Before coming to Pew, Rand spent 10 years with the National Environmental Trust, primarily managing the Conserve Our Ocean Legacy campaign, which achieved reforms of the marine conservation requirements in the federal Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. He also led a campaign to oppose biotechnology in agriculture and worked at the Environmental Defense Fund as senior director of campaigns in the oceans program.

Rand holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental resources management from Pennsylvania State University.

Recent Work


Our Blue Planet–Protecting the Ocean

Episode 6

Quick View

Three-quarters of our planet is covered with water—and it’s this water that sustains life. But our liquid planet, home to half of the world’s known creatures and plants, is facing multiple threats, such as overfishing and commercial development. That’s why leading scientists say that 30 percent of our oceans should be protected. Host Dan LeDuc explores why this 30 percent data point is important with two people committed to safeguarding the oceans: native Hawaiian Sol Kaho’ohalahala, whose culture and livelihood depend on sustainable seas; and Matt Rand, who directs the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project and has been working with people like Kaho’ohalahala since 2006 to keep our oceans healthy.