Lara Levison brings extensive knowledge of public policy-making processes, gained through experience in the non-profit and governmental sectors, to her position at Oceana.
Ms. Levison held senior legislative positions with two members of the House of Representatives over 11 years, handling environment, energy, and transportation issues among others. She served in a leadership office, worked closely with several key House committees, and was deeply involved in the development of major energy and environmental legislation.
Leaving Congress in 2009, Ms. Levison gained executive branch experience at the U.S. Department of the Interior in the Secretary’s congressional affairs office. During a subsequent period as a consultant, she worked on a variety of environmental issues, including ocean acidification. Most recently, she served as domestic policy director for the US Climate Action Network.
Prior to her government service, as an organizer and advocate with the Union of Concerned Scientists for seven years, Ms. Levison engaged in campaigns to promote renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and nuclear arms control.
Although Ms. Levison grew up primarily in the Midwest, her love of the ocean was fostered by family vacations on the rugged coasts of Maine and New Brunswick. She earned her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in Government with a concentration in International Relations from Smith College.