Rachel Hopkins is a senior member of Pew’s international fisheries project, providing strategic support and serving as a member of the project’s leadership team. She also supports Pew’s environment program by helping its leadership team advance portfolio-wide priorities and the development of special initiatives. Hopkins previously served as interim director of the international fisheries project and, prior to that, led Pew’s advocacy to improve the management of international fisheries by regional fishery management organizations in order to improve the long-term health of targeted fish stocks as well as the resilience of the marine ecosystem. Before these fisheries-focused efforts, she worked on a Pew project to advance rigorous ecological standards for marine fish farming.
Before joining Pew, Hopkins consulted for the National Environmental Trust on its campaign to reduce the ecological impacts of salmon farming globally. She also worked with the Seafood Choices Alliance, a program to build a network of fishermen, fish farmers, chefs, and nonprofit organizations to support a more sustainable seafood market.
Hopkins holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Mary Washington and a master’s in environmental and natural resource economics from the University of Rhode Island.