Katie Matthews is the Chief Scientist at Oceana. She’s responsible for ensuring that Oceana’s advocacy is informed by the best and most current scientific understanding, as well as tracking emerging issues, advising on strategic direction, and supporting the nearly 50 staff scientists across the organization. After 10 years in research field, she returned to Washington DC, her hometown, to work as a legislative fellow in the U.S. Congress and then for the Office of Marine Conservation in the U.S. State Department. Katie continued her science-based policy work with the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, where she ran a marine conservation and sustainable fisheries grant making program. She has an M.Sc. (Master of Sciences) and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Earth and Environmental Science, and in her free time enjoys running, reading, and traveling.