Liz Karan leads The Pew Charitable Trusts’ campaign to address gaps in ocean governance through meaningful international cooperation. Working closely with key stakeholders and partner organizations, Karan focuses on developing policy mechanisms to protect the ocean’s natural assets and address negative human impacts on marine ecosystems at the United Nations, International Seabed Authority, Convention on Biological Diversity, and World Trade Organization. Karan previously led Pew’s effort to secure a new legally binding agreement to protect high seas biodiversity. She also worked on aquaculture reform, global shark conservation, Southern Ocean protections, and other Pew international marine initiatives.
Before coming to Pew, Karan worked with the environmental community—including the Center for Clean Air Policy, the Conservation Law Foundation, and the National Environmental Trust—on a diverse portfolio of initiatives focused on marine conservation, climate and energy policy, business development, and marketing.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s in international environmental policy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.