Paul Shively directs Pew’s ocean and coastal conservation work in the U.S. Pacific. This includes safeguarding coastal estuaries, salt marshes, underwater kelp forests, seagrass meadows, and other important nearshore marine habitat; ensuring sustainable fishing; protecting sensitive corals, rocky reefs, and sponges from seabed mining; and reducing the amount of fish unintentionally killed in fishing gear.
Before joining Pew, Shively worked for the Sierra Club, where he managed campaigns and staff in seven states and initiated the Oregon and southwestern Washington portion of the organization’s Lewis and Clark Bicentennial campaign. That campaign led to the expansion of the Mount Hood wilderness and the dedication of approximately $13 million to Columbia River Gorge land acquisition. He also worked for the Montana Human Rights Network in Helena and was president of the board of directors of the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa.
Shively has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Montana, where he also did graduate work in public administration.