Ariana Spawn leads federal advocacy efforts for Oceana’s U.S. campaigns to protect vulnerable marine species like sharks, encourage responsible fishing practices, deter illegal fishing and increase transparency.
In this capacity, she liaises with Congressional staff and executive branch officials and works closely with Oceana’s campaign, field and communications staff to effect ocean policy change at the federal level.
Spawn has worked to advance U.S. ocean and environmental protections for nearly a decade. Prior to joining Oceana, she was a legislative aide in the office of U.S. Senator Cory Booker, where she managed the senator's ocean and coastal portfolio and supported his broader energy and environment priorities. Spawn was formerly a NOAA Sea Grant Knauss Legislative Fellow in Senator Booker’s office.
In addition to her work in the Senate, Spawn previously held positions with Yale University and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI). At ELI, she supported several dozen environmental law and policy projects, with a major focus on strengthening public participation in the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill recovery and restoration process in the Gulf of Mexico.
Spawn holds a Bachelor of Science in human biology from Brown University and a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She hails from eastern Massachusetts, where she fell in love with the sea during family trips to Cape Cod.