Liz Karan


Liz Karan
Liz Karan
Project Director
Protecting Ocean Life on the High Seas
The Pew Charitable Trusts


Liz Karan leads Pew’s work to protect ocean life on the high seas, a global effort to safeguard marine life that falls outside the jurisdiction of any country. The current patchwork of rules and regulations provide little oversight and no method to fully safeguard these special places. She previously worked on several other international marine initiatives at Pew, including aquaculture reform, global shark conservation, and Southern Ocean protections.

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.

Recent Work