Matt Rand


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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Johnny Briggs

Senior Officer, U.K.

Johnny Briggs serves as an officer with the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project, working to create large, highly protected marine reserves in the waters of the U.K. Overseas Territories.

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Christophe Chevillon

Senior Manager, New Caledonia

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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Ashleigh Cirilla

Senior Manager

Ashleigh Cirilla is a senior manager with the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project. She works with the team’s in-country staff and contractors to develop and advance campaign strategies and provides program support for all campaign sites. 

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Julia Goss

Senior Associate

Julia Goss is a senior associate with the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project, which champions strong ocean protections globally. She worked to establish Mexico’s Revillagigedo National Park and safeguard from modifications the ecologically rich U.S. Pacific Marine National Monuments. Goss also helped strengthen international protections for shark and ray species as part of Pew’s Global Shark Conservation Campaign. 

Before joining Pew, Goss obtained a Fulbright scholarship to work for the World Wildlife Fund in Cambodia. 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Rhodes College and a master’s degree in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University.

Rebecca Jablonski-Diehl 

Principal Associate

Rebecca Jablonski-Diehl is a principal associate with the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project. Her work focuses on coordinating many of the project’s cross-cutting activities, including the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Ambassadors. She also helps plan the project’s engagement at international forums. 

Before joining Pew, Jablonski-Diehl worked on establishing and strengthening ocean protections in the United States with both governmental and nongovernmental organizations. 

She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Mount Holyoke College, and a master’s degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington Seattle.

Jérôme Petit

Senior Manager, French Polynesia

Jérôme Petit directs the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project in French Polynesia. He has a decade of technical and political experience in international biodiversity governance.

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Aline Schaffar

Officer, New Caledonia

Aline Schaffar is an officer with the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project 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.

Tom Swanson

Project Director

Tom Swanson serves as a project director for the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project, developing and implementing its strategic vision to protect and conserve important marine environments by increasing the number of fully protected parks in the sea from nine to 15 by 2022. 

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Donatien Tanret

Officer, French Polynesia

Donatien Tanret is an officer with the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project in French Polynesia. He has developed numerous environmental assessments and management plans, which contributed to development and establishment of nature conservation areas across French Polynesia. Tanret holds master’s degrees in environmental sciences and geography.

Angelo O'Connor Villagomez

Senior Officer

Angelo O’Connor Villagomez is an officer with the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project. He helped secure the designation of the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument by the U.S. government, as well as passage of more than two dozen shark conservation laws in small Pacific and Caribbean island states. Villagomez has more than 10 years of grassroots experience campaigning for ocean protections. He also has worked for the League of Conservation Voters, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Mariana Islands Nature Alliance.

Luis Villanueva


Luis Villanueva is an officer within the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project, for which he crafts strategy and manages new campaigns with a focus on Latin America. In 2017, he was part of the team that partnered with Mexico’s government to create the Revillagigedo Archipelago National Park, a fully protected marine reserve that is the largest in North America.

Before joining Pew, Villanueva led collaborative marine conservation initiatives in the Gulf of Mexico, including a Tri-National Initiative for Shark Conservation project to promote shark sustainability by the United States, Mexico, and Cuba. He also served as senior negotiator for the organizing team of the Conference of the Parties 13, the governing body of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, and as a consultant within the World Bank’s Latin America region.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from ITAM in Mexico, a Master of Law and Economics from Erasmus University in the Netherlands, and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University.

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