Throughout her career, Dawn Martin has worked to advance social change by promoting ocean conservation and other sustainability and conservation goals and by increasing consumer awareness. Her approach incorporates creative communications, policy strategy and leveraging the market’s influence to support strong environmental, social and human rights policies within government and the corporate sector.
In 2015, Ms. Martin was named Chief Operating Officer of Ceres, the not-for profit organization advocating for sustainability leadership. In this capacity, she oversees programs, events and communications for its work on climate change and sustainability.
From 2004 to 2015, she was President and CEO of SeaWeb, the non-profit focusing on workable, science-based market solutions, policies and behaviors that result in a healthy, thriving ocean. Previously she served as COO for Oceana and Political Director for American Oceans Campaign, and served as Associate Deputy Administrator for the U.S. EPA.
In addition to her NMSF role, Ms. Martin sits on the Board of Directors for The Ocean Foundation and SeaWeb, in addition to several other advisory and editorial boards.
Ms. Martin received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and her undergraduate degree in Political Science, with a minor in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University. Her law degree includes an emphasis in international human rights and humanitarian law with certificates from the Institute of International and Comparative Law and the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, as well as the Henri Dunant Institute in Geneva, Switzerland.