Andrea Kavanagh directs Pew’s efforts to protect Antarctica’s Southern Ocean, one of the world’s last great wilderness areas, including frigid waters with species found nowhere else and millions of penguins that depend on krill and other forage food. In her previous work at Pew, Kavanagh managed the marine aquaculture campaign, the Antarctic krill conservation project, and the campaign on protecting the deep sea.
Before joining Pew, Kavanagh was a campaign director at the National Environmental Trust, where she led the pure salmon initiative, an international coalition of groups dedicated to raising the standards for farm-raised fish. She also led the successful “take a pass on Chilean sea bass” campaign, in which more than 1,200 chefs across the country pledged to remove the severely threatened species from their menus.
Kavanagh holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and policy from the University of Vermont.