Senior Vice President, Oceans
Brad Ack leads the WWF-US Oceans program, overseeing a talented team that works on accelerating the global transition to sustainable fisheries and protecting resilient marine ecosystems around the world. Throughout his career, Brad has worked on a wide range of conservation and sustainability initiatives across many geographies, biomes, and issues. In the State of Washington, he served two governors as Executive Director for Puget Sound clean up and recovery, leading a broad public-private partnership dedicated to restoring the Sound. Following that, he worked for the Marine Stewardship Council as Regional Director for the Americas, and then as Global Director of Strategic Initiatives. He started his career at WWF working on the integration of community-based development with WWF’s protected areas work in Latin America, and also spent a decade in Flagstaff AZ leading efforts for the Grand Canyon Trust towards sustainability of the Colorado Plateau ecoregion. Ack holds an MS in international development from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and a BA in political science and international studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. He now lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife, twin daughters, and two Boston terriers. Brad holds a Master of Sciences degree in Foreign Service and International Development from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and a B.A. in Political Science from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. When Brad is not working, he can be found spending time with his wife and twin daughters enjoying the environment he is working to sustain, be it sailing, rafting, hiking or skiing.