Matt Rand

Matt Rand
Large-scale marine protection
The Pew Charitable Trusts


Matt Rand directs the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project, an initiative in which Pew and the Bertarelli Foundation work with citizens, governments, and scientists around the globe to protect and conserve some of the world’s most important marine environments by increasing the number of fully protected parks in the sea from nine to 15 by 2022. He also oversees other large-scale marine protection initiatives, and previously launched and directed Pew’s global shark conservation efforts.

Before coming to Pew, Rand spent 10 years with the National Environmental Trust, primarily managing the Conserve Our Ocean Legacy campaign, which achieved reforms of the marine conservation requirements in the federal Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. He also led a campaign to oppose biotechnology in agriculture and worked at the Environmental Defense Fund as senior director of campaigns in the oceans program.

Rand holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental resources management from Pennsylvania State University.

Recent Work


Our Blue Planet–Protecting the Ocean

Episode 6

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Three-quarters of our planet is covered with water—and it’s this water that sustains life. But our liquid planet, home to half of the world’s known creatures and plants, is facing multiple threats, such as overfishing and commercial development. That’s why leading scientists say that 30 percent of our oceans should be protected. Host Dan LeDuc explores why this 30 percent data point is important with two people committed to safeguarding the oceans: native Hawaiian Sol Kaho’ohalahala, whose culture and livelihood depend on sustainable seas; and Matt Rand, who directs the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project and has been working with people like Kaho’ohalahala since 2006 to keep our oceans healthy.