Jacqueline Savitz is the Chief Policy Officer for North America. Jackie’s background and training in marine biology and environmental toxicology combined with two decades of policy experience provides Oceana with a combination of sound science and clear environmental vision.
Jackie has held several positions at Oceana over her ten-plus year tenure, including senior scientist, senior campaign director, and deputy vice president of U.S. campaigns. During that time she designed and led Oceana campaigns on climate and energy, mercury, and cruise ship pollution.
Prior to her work with Oceana, Savitz served as Executive Director of Coast Alliance, a network of over 600 organizations around the country working to protect the coasts from pollution and development. In the mid-nineties, Jackie worked as an environmental policy analyst with the Environmental Working Group in Washington, D.C., an organization known for producing media-savvy reports on a variety of environmental issues. Before that she worked as an environmental scientist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, one of the nation’s largest regional conservation organizations, where she spent nearly five years working to protect Chesapeake Bay.
Ms. Savitz earned her master’s degree in environmental science with emphasis in toxicology from the University of Maryland, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, where her work focused on the effects of contaminants on aquatic life. She earned her bachelor’s degree in marine science and biology from the University of Miami, in Florida.