Angelo O’Connor Villagomez supports Pew’s initiatives focused on marine protection, working across campaigns to integrate scientific research and culture into messaging and communications. He also helps design campaigns that showcase support for large marine protected areas. Villagomez first worked with Pew to help secure the designation of the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument. Later, as a member of Pew’s global shark conservation campaign, he assisted with the passage of more than two dozen shark conservation laws in Pacific and Caribbean island states.
Before coming to Pew, Villagomez worked for the League of Conservation Voters, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Mariana Islands Nature Alliance.
Villagomez holds bachelor’s degrees in biology from the University of Richmond and environmental policy from Rollins College.