Vice President, Ocean Conservation
Lauren Spurrier has been with WWF for more than two decades advocating for ocean conservation in some of the world’s most important marine environments. Today she is managing director in charge of developing and leading ocean-related strategic partnerships. One project Lauren currently manages for WWF is the Global Mangrove Alliance, a partnership dedicated to improving the outlook for imperiled coastal forests around the world by scaling up the most effective solutions to mangrove loss. She also coordinates WWF’s role in the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction Initiative, a joint collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the five tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organizations, along with the global GEF Coastal Fisheries Initiative.
Since joining WWF in 1993, Lauren has served as Marine Director for the Latin America and Caribbean Program, Director for WWF’s Galapagos Program, and Deputy Director for the WWF International Secretariat's Latin America and Caribbean Marine Program.
Lauren got her start in the United States Peace Corps where she designed and established new programs in Latin America and Eastern Europe. She also served as a Peace Corps agriculture volunteer in Paraguay. In addition, Lauren worked for the Inter-American Foundation managing a portfolio of development projects in Bolivia, Chile, and Paraguay. She holds an M.S in international development from American University and a B.A. in economics from Saint Olaf College.
“Mangroves are a powerful tool that nature has provided us, but we’re not doing enough, fast enough, to protect them.”