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Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy

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Nicole Bransome Officer

Nicole Bransome focuses on protecting Antarctica’s Southern Ocean for the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project through the creation of a network of large-scale marine protected areas around Antarctica.

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Johnny Briggs Principal Officer

Johnny Briggs leads Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project’s international marine policy and science efforts and collaborates with governments around the world to improve marine conservation outcomes.

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Christophe Chevillon Senior Manager

Christophe Chevillon directs the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project in New Caledonia. He has nearly three decades of experience in New Caledonia, mainly in the public sector.

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Emil Dediu Officer

Emil Dediu focuses on outreach to the European Union and its member states in support of creating a network of marine protections in Antarctica’s Southern Ocean. He also supports the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project’s work in the Mediterranean region.

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Katie Gray Senior Associate

Katie Gray supports the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project’s work in the Mediterranean region. Since joining Pew in 2014, Gray has successfully campaigned to protect the waters surrounding the U.K. Overseas Territories of the Pitcairn Islands, Ascension Island, and parts of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. She also manages the activities of the project’s science advisory board, and she is a member of the Great British Oceans coalition. Before coming to Pew, Gray worked at Dow Jones as an assistant to the editors at The Wall Street Journal Europe and Financial News.

Bridget Hickey Senior Associate

Bridget Hickey provides project support to achieve the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project’s objectives focused on large-scale marine protected areas around the world. Before joining Pew, Hickey worked with organizations dedicated to marine habitat restoration, sustainable tourism, and donor stewardship. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marine science and biology from the University of Tampa.

Andrea Kavanagh Project Director

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.

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Nicholas Kirkham Senior Associate

Nicholas Kirkham works to create a representative system of marine protected areas and improved fishing conservation measures in Antarctica’s Southern Ocean. Before joining Pew, Kirkham published research on deep sea mining in areas beyond national jurisdiction and worked as a U.S. federal contractor providing environmental project support and data analysis on a groundwater remediation site. Kirkham holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Utah State University, a master’s in marine systems and policies from the University of Edinburgh, and several National Environmental Policy Act certifications.

Kayleigh Michaelides Principal Associate

Kayleigh Michaelides works on cross-cutting initiatives for Pew’s marine habitat protection portfolio, including coordinating with key stakeholder groups and local and Indigenous communities. In addition, Michaelides supports the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project’s regional marine protection efforts in the Eastern Tropical Pacific and campaign efforts in New Zealand. Michaelides holds a bachelor’s degree in marine biology from Auburn University and a master’s in marine affairs and policy from the University of Miami.

Jérôme Petit Senior Manager

Jérôme Petit manages the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy project’s work in the Mediterranean region and France. In doing so, he works with many local partners to develop and advance campaign strategies with the goal of helping to establish and improve a conservation network of effective marine protected areas in these regions.

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Matt Rand Senior Director

Matt Rand joined Pew as director of what is now the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project in 2013. He works with local communities, governments, and scientists around the world to protect and conserve some of the Earth’s most important and unspoiled marine environments.

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Jen Sawada Senior Manager

Jen Sawada provides strategic guidance and project management support for the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project. In that capacity, she focuses on campaigns that work to promote a conservation network of marine protected areas, ecological corridors, and fisheries management in the Eastern Tropical Pacific and Pacific.

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Aline Schaffer Officer

Aline Schaffar focuses on the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project’s work in New Caledonia. She has been a consultant in marine biology, studying humpback whales, marine mammals, and turtles, and has published a wide range of scientific articles and reports. Schaffar holds a master’s degree in zoology from Massey University.

Samantha Suffety Senior Associate

Samantha Suffety supports the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project’s work in the Eastern Tropical Pacific and Western Pacific and the project’s engagement at international conferences and events. Before joining Pew, Suffety worked at the U.N. Environment Programme’s North America office, where she planned and implemented regional outreach initiatives and global campaigns, managed institutional partnerships, and supported the establishment of a partnership and business engagement unit. She holds bachelor’s degrees in environmental ecology and environmental science and a master’s degree in community sustainability from Michigan State University.

Donatien Tanret Officer

Donatien Tanret manages the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project in French Polynesia. The campaign supports community-led initiatives to protect 30% of the French Polynesian waters and the creation of local traditional marine protected areas known as rāhui.

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Luis Villanueva Officer

Luis Villanueva leads the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project’s work in Latin America. In 2017, he was part of the team that partnered with Mexico’s government to create the Revillagigedo Archipelago National Park, the largest fully protected marine reserve in North America. Before joining Pew, Villanueva led collaborative marine conservation initiatives in the Gulf of Mexico, including efforts by the United States, Mexico, and Cuba to promote shark sustainability. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from ITAM in Mexico, a Master of Law and Economics from Erasmus University in the Netherlands, and a master’s in public administration from Harvard University.

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