Andrea Kavanagh is the senior officer of the Southern Ocean Sanctuaries, a project dedicated to conserving the most intact marine ecosystem on the planet. Kavanagh joined Pew in January 2008, as manager of the Marine Aquaculture Campaign and later managed the Antarctic Krill Conservation Project, and the Protecting the Deep Sea Campaign.
For the past 16 years, Kavanagh has worked as a communications specialist and campaign director on a variety of environmental issues, including sustainable seafood, global climate change and national legislation to regulate toxic chemicals.
Before joining Pew, Kavanagh was a campaign director at the National Environmental Trust (NET), where she led the Pure Salmon Campaign, an international coalition of groups dedicated to raising the standards for farm-raised fish. She also led the successful Take a Pass on Chilean Sea Bass campaign, in which more than 1,200 chefs across the country pledged to remove the severely threatened species from their menu, and significant new regulations were established to ensure that only legal Chilean sea bass is sold in the United States.
Kavanagh holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and policy from the University of Vermont.