Julie Packard

Julie  Packard
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JULIE PACKARD is founding executive director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and a leading voice for science-based policy reform in support of a healthy global ocean. Under her leadership, the aquarium has pioneered innovative exhibits and education initiatives, and engaged on ocean issues ranging from sustainable global fisheries and aquaculture to plastic pollution, climate change, and science-based conservation of marine wildlife and ecosystems, including sea otters, sharks, and bluefin tuna. She is a trustee of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and chairs the board of the independent Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, a leader in deep ocean science and technology. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she has received the Audubon Medal for Conservation, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the California Coastal Commission’s Coastal Hero award. She is featured in the National Portrait Gallery. She serves on the Joint Oceans Commission Initiative, working to implement comprehensive reform of US ocean policy. She has addressed ocean issues at international conferences, including the World Trade Organization and Global Climate Action Summit. Packard earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a focus on marine algae.