Joshua Reichert is an executive vice president at Pew, directing all of its environmental work, including efforts to preserve large intact wilderness ecosystems and protect the global marine environment.
Before joining Pew in 1990, Reichert held various positions with government and nongovernmental entities, serving as executive director of the National Security Archive in Washington, D.C.; vice president for conservation at Conservation International; regional representative of the Inter-American Foundation, a public corporation that assists urban and rural poor in Latin America and the Caribbean; and special assistant to the chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Reichert is the chief architect and founder of various environmental entities, including Oceana, the National Environmental Trust, SeaWeb, Earth Force, the Ocean Law Project, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Clear the Air, the Campaign for America’s Wilderness, the Pew Institute for Ocean Science, the Ocean Wildlife Campaign and the Pew Oceans Commission.
Additionally, he has written more than 60 publications and co-produced films on the plight of fisheries and marine ecosystems. His writings have appeared in more than 100 newspapers throughout the United States, and he has been a guest on ABC’s “World News,” PBS’ “NewsHour With Jim Lehrer,” Fox News, National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and American Public Media’s ”Marketplace.”
Reichert holds an undergraduate degree in applied behavioral sciences from the University of California, Davis, and master’s and doctoral degrees in social anthropology from Princeton University.
Many people know that oceans cover more than 70% of the world's surface, and that marine fisheries provide food for billions of people. What is less known is that the high seas – the areas of the world's oceans that lie beyond the limits of national jurisdiction, which extend 200 miles from shore – make up roughly two-thirds of our oceans and 45% of the planet's surface. More