Polita Glynn oversees the Pew fellows program in marine conservation, which seeks to improve ocean health by generating high-quality research and fostering a worldwide community of experts who collaborate to address marine conservation issues. The program awards three-year fellowships that provide $150,000 grants to midcareer scientists and other experts from around the globe to complete research projects that produce insightful results, new tools, or innovative practices that advance the protection and sustainable use of the world’s oceans.
Before joining Pew, Glynn was a freelance project director, educator, writer, and producer specializing in marine conservation and media education. She developed programs and campaigns for organizations such as Biscayne National Park, Marineland, International Year of the Reef, and Florida Sea Grant. As an educator, she worked with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and the U.S. Agency for International Development on the design and development of media and multicultural education programs.
Glynn holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Bennington College and a master’s degree in administration and planning from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.