Lynne Zeitlin Hale joined The Nature Conservancy in 2003 as the Director of the Marine Initiative. In this role she leads the Conservancy’s efforts to substantially expand its programs in and impact on coastal and marine conservation. Prior to joining the Conservancy she served for over 15 years as the Associate Director of the Coastal Resources Center at the University of Rhode Island, an organization dedicated to developing strategies for the effective governance of coastal environments in the U.S. and worldwide. She currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Inter American Institute for Global Change Research.
Lynne is an expert in coastal ecosystem management with more than 25 years of experience. She played a leadership role in the design and implementation of integrated coastal management programs in the United States (Rhode Island and Alaska), Latin America (Ecuador, Mexico), Asia (Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia), and Africa (Kenya, Tanzania), as well as globally oriented outreach and training programs. Previously, as the Senior Coastal Technical Adviser for the Alaska Native Foundation, she worked on coastal and marine-resource issues that impact native Alaskan communities. Coastal issues and topics on which she has worked include: community-based and co-management of marine resources; national coastal policy and plan development; tourism development planning; mariculture; shorefront development and hazard mitigation; marine protected areas; and coral reef management including impacts of bleaching. Ms. Hale is particularly interested in the impacts of and necessary adaptations to global change in coastal and marine areas.
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.