Alexis Jackson serves as the Ocean Policy and Plastics Lead for TNC's California Oceans Program. She leads an interdisciplinary team focused on conducting policy research, informing strategic planning efforts and advancing policy priorities around reducing plastic pollution, restoring kelp forest ecosystems, advancing sustainable fisheries management, and promoting island resilience.
Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, Alexis worked for The Pew Charitable Trusts coordinating their scientific and policy engagement at the tuna-based regional fishery management organizations (RFMOs). Previous to that, Alexis worked for NOAA Fisheries in the High Migratory Species Management Division as a Fishery Management Specialist helping draft regulations and conduct ecological and economic analyses for amendments to the 2006 Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan for tunas, sharks, and swordfish. Alexis holds a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Yale University and a Masters and Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz.
Alexis is a proud sixth generation Californian and a native of Oakland, California. When she’s not at work, Alexis enjoys the performance arts. She takes Modern and contemporary dance classes and supports regional theater.