Roberta Elias

Director, Policy and Government Affairs

Roberta Elias
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Roberta Elias is a policy and government relations specialist with 20 years of experience working in Washington, DC. Roberta is currently the director of policy and government affairs at WWF. In this role, she facilitates development of policy platforms across the organization while spearheading conservation issues within her own portfolio. In her time at WWF, she has advanced bills, regulations, and appropriations on a variety of topics including materials management, trade, fisheries sustainability, and spatial oceans management.

Prior to join WWF, Roberta served as the senior oceans advocate at the Natural Resources Defense Council. In that role, she developed conservation initiatives, engaged with the Administration and Congress to advance policy platforms, and organized and led coalitions of diverse interest groups. She started her career at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as a policy and budget affairs specialist. She was able to help position relevant functions to receive significant appropriations increases in 2004 and 2005 and crafted a platform to align habitat restoration efforts across the agency. She holds a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University and BS in Biology and BA in Environmental Studies from Binghamton University (State University of NY).

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  • MA, Environmental Management, Yale University
  • BS, Biology, Binghamton University
  • BA, Environmental Studies, Binghamton University

Areas of Expertise

  • Policy and Government Affairs
  • Oceans Policy and Management
  • Sustainable Fisheries
  • Trade and Environment