California Ocean Policy Manager
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Panelist–Marine Plastics: What's the Catch?
Letise LaFeir, PhD works to advance the aquarium’s California ocean health goals, including outreach to senior legislative and government officials in Sacramento, support for California’s marine protected area network, and cultivation of other ocean and coastal priorities. Letise spent most of her career based in Washington D.C., where she previously worked as a Sea Grant Fellow for Congressman Sam Farr (D-California). Next she took on dual roles as Director of Government Relations, and Education Program Coordinator at the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Later she served as a Policy Analyst and then National Outreach Coordinator for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Through her professional experience, Letise has successfully integrated her scientific training with her policy and outreach expertise to address a breadth of marine-related issues, such as national ocean policy, fisheries policy and sustainable seafood, climate change, marine spatial planning, ocean education, and ocean/science funding. Letise graduated from Brown University with dual degrees—a B.S. in Aquatic Biology and a B.A. in English with Honors in Creative Writing. She received her PhD in Marine Biology from the University of Delaware College of Marine Studies. Letise has authored or co-authored five scientific publications, and has self-published a book of poetry. She is a certified scuba diver and has traveled to all seven continents and the sea floor. montereybayaquarium.org/conservation-and-science/