Lynne Zeitlin Hale is TNC’s Asia Pacific Senior Marine Conservation Fellow. Lynne served as The Nature Conservancy’s Managing Director for Oceans from 2003 until January of this year. Over that 12 year period, she led the transformation of TNC from its near exclusive focus on terrestrial conservation to TNC now being widely recognized as one of the world’s leading marine conservation organizations. As Senior Fellow, Lynne is focused on marine programs in Asia Pacific, the region with greatest marine biodiversity coupled with greatest human dependence on the ocean. Lynne also currently serves as a Trustee for the Marine Stewardship Council.
Over the course of her TNC tenure, she has focused and published on integrating science and policy work with “in-the-water” conservation and restoration in the United States and more than 30 countries in Asia, Oceana, the Caribbean, South America, and Africa. Areas of focus and publication include Sustainable Fisheries, Integrated Ocean Management, and Climate Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction. Previously, as the Associate Director of the Coastal Resources Center at the University of Rhode Island, Lynne played a leadership role in the design and implementation of integrated coastal management programs in the United States, South America, Asia, and Africa, as well as global outreach and training programs. From 1978-84 she served as Fisheries Adviser to the Alaska Native Foundation.
Lynne has served on multiple International Advisory Panels related to ocean conservation. In 2008, her contributions to marine conservation were recognized when she received NOAA (the US Ocean Agency) Walter B, Jones Memorial Award as the U.S. Coastal Steward of the Year.
Ms. Hale has an M.S. in biological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography and a B.A. in Zoology from the University of Pennsylvania.