Brad Ack has 30 years’ experience working at the intersection of science, policy and environmental innovation, focused on the preservation of a living world. His career has focused on conservation and sustainable development initiatives from tropical forests and high deserts to estuaries and the global ocean. Brad has worked for both government and NGOs at senior levels.
Brad is the Executive Director and Chief Innovation Officer for Ocean Visions, a partnership of research institutions and innovators, investors, and practitioners of ocean regeneration. Ocean Visions is advancing a new agenda for the ocean, focused on directly addressing the greatest cause of harm - greenhouse gas pollution that is driving existential threats to the ocean. Ocean Visions works across sectors and disciplines to unlock new intellectual and financial resources to source, develop and scale cutting-edge innovation to regenerate critical components of the ocean-climate system.
Previously Brad served as SVP Oceans at WWF-US; Executive Director of the Puget Sound Recovery Program for the State of Washington; and Regional Director-Americas for the Marine Stewardship Council. He earlier led conservation programs at Grand Canyon Trust and started his career working on community-based conservation in Latin America. Brad received his Master’s degree from Georgetown University and Bachelor’s degree at Macalester College.
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