Matt Rand

Director, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy

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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Stacy Baez

Senior Associate, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project

Stacy Baez is a senior associate with the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project. Her work focuses on science initiatives that underpin the rationales for creating fully protected marine reserves around the world. Baez has worked to establish Caribbean shark sanctuaries, and before joining Pew in 2015 she conducted small-scale fisheries assessments in the Philippines. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Morgan State University and a doctorate in oceanography from Old Dominion University.

Johnny Briggs

Officer, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy - 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, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy - 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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Cesar Guala Catalán

Consultant, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy - Easter Island

Cesar Guala Catalán is a Pew consultant and adviser who works with the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project in Chile. The team is working with the Rapa Nui community and the Chilean government to help protect the unique marine biodiversity of Easter Island, as well as the Rapa Nui’s traditional fishing practices.

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Jérôme Petit

Senior Manager, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy - 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, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy - 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, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy

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, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy - 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, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy

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.

Rebecca Jablonski-Diehl 

Principal Associate, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy

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.

Julia Goss

Senior Associate, Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy

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.

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