Holly Binns directs efforts to conserve biodiversity and improve climate resilience for people and nature in the southeastern United States and southern Appalachian region for Pew’s U.S. conservation project. She also oversees the organization’s partnership with The Nature Conservancy on the Supporting Oyster Aquaculture and Restoration program. Binns previously led work to end overfishing; promote an ecosystem-based approach in fisheries management plans; and safeguard marine seagrass, corals, and salt marshes along the southeast U.S. coast, Gulf of Mexico, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands.
Before joining Pew, Binns was Environment Florida Research and Policy Center’s field director and coordinated policy development, research, and legislative advocacy. She designed and directed numerous successful conservation campaigns, including efforts that halted construction of seven coal-fired power plants in the state. Binns also ran citizen outreach campaigns, served as a legislative aide in Georgia, co-chaired the Florida Climate Alliance, and served on Environment Florida’s board of directors. Binns is based in Tallahassee, Florida.
Binns holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Florida State University.