Pew’s U.S. Arctic project seeks to protect environmentally sensitive areas of America’s Arctic waters—including the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort seas—from harm caused by industrial fishing, offshore oil and gas development, and ship traffic and to promote science-based policies to guide environmentally responsible development of industrial activities in the U.S. Arctic Ocean. Pew supports indigenous fishing and hunting rights.

Meet the Team

Eleanor Huffines

Senior officer

Eleanor Huffines is a senior officer for Pew’s U.S. Arctic project, which promotes science- and community-based conservation of U.S. Arctic waters, including the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas.

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Raychelle Aluaq Daniel


Raychelle Aluaq Daniel is an officer with Pew’s protecting life in the U.S. Arctic project, focusing on conserving marine life and environmentally sensitive areas in the Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast. She grew up in the Yup’ik village of Tuntutuliak, located at the mouth of the Kuskokwim River on the Bering Sea in Alaska, and is based in Washington, DC.  

Throughout her career, Daniel worked on issues that included bridging Indigenous knowledge and science in decision-making; advancing the coproduction of knowledge that equitably brings together Western and Indigenous worldviews; identifying policy priorities from an Indigenous perspective; and addressing the effects of anthropogenic marine activities such as Arctic shipping.  

Daniel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Alaska Southeast and a Master of Science degree in zoology from the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre.

Melissa Parks

Senior associate

Melissa Parks is a senior associate with Pew’s U.S. Arctic project advancing responsible policies to protect sensitive marine areas from the impacts of increasing industrial activities, with a particular focus on oil spill prevention and response. She has more than a decade of experience at nonprofits and in advocacy. Parks holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in international environmental policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.