Julie Packard is Executive Director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Based on her work as a board member of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, in the late 1970s she helped found the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the nation’s first major public aquarium dedicated to interpreting a single region—the Monterey Bay. In its 20th year, the Aquarium launched the Center for the Future of the Oceans to protect the oceans by promoting sound conservation policy. She was also a member of the Pew Oceans Commission, which in 2003 issued its recommendations for a comprehensive overhaul of national ocean policy. She continues to serve as commissioner for the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative. She has served as a trustee of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation for 30 years and has been deeply involved in its Conservation and Science Programs. <br />
Ms. Packard also chairs the board of the Aquarium’s sister institution, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and has served on numerous other boards and committees related to conservation, including the California Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund. In 1998 she was the recipient of the Audubon Medal for Conservation. Ms. Packard received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz.