Nancy Pyne has been a driving force in Oceana’s grassroots organizing work since 2013, and now directs the field department.
Oceana’s team of campaigners along the East and West Coast builds and leads coalitions of volunteers, activists, conservation partners and business/fishing interests to stop the expansion of offshore drilling and exploration, and pass policies to reduce single-use plastic at the local, state and national level. They also build on-the-ground support for Oceana’s U.S. campaigns, including defending cornerstone marine conservation laws, promoting responsible fishing practices, and banning the sale of shark fins in the United States.
Before coming to Oceana, Nancy served as preservation advocate for Environment America, winning a major campaign to prevent uranium mining around the Grand Canyon, and leading other national parks and public lands conservation efforts. She also directed grassroots campaign offices in Hartford, Connecticut, working to restore the Clean Water Act and pass climate change legislation. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University, where she conducted field research in lake ecology and the biological control of invasive aquatic plants, and conducted her senior research project on offshore drilling policy leading up to, and following the 2008 presidential election.