Elizabeth Wilson

Elizabeth Wilson
Senior Director
Environmental Policy
The Pew Charitable Trusts


Elizabeth Wilson leads Pew’s crosscutting environmental policy work and oversees a portfolio of projects focused on securing ocean policy change in multilateral forums. These include Pew’s work to develop an international treaty to protect the high seas, secure precautionary rules to govern seabed mining, address harmful fishing subsidies, protect coastal wetlands and coral reefs, and offer solutions to the expanding problem of plastics in the oceans. Previously, Wilson worked on Pew’s global shark conservation initiative, where she managed policy development and efforts related to international forums.

Before joining Pew, Wilson worked on science and policy issues related to fisheries and marine wildlife at Oceana. She also worked for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, coordinating the efforts of committees responsible for protected species and socioeconomics, among others.

Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Loyola University Maryland and a master’s in environmental management, with a concentration in coastal environmental management from Duke University.

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