About Us

For the Love of The Ocean

Anne Merwin

Former Vice President, Conservation

Washington, D.C.


  • J.D., University Maryland School of Law, Cum Laude
  • B.A., History and Political Science, Rice University, Cum Laude

Areas of Expertise

  • Ocean planning
  • Environmental law
  • Environmental policy and public affairs
  • Land and water management
  • Public lands
  • Conservation and natural resources

Anne has been part of Ocean Conservancy’s policy and advocacy work since 2014. She leads the organization’s commitment to ocean planning, ensuring that as our ocean becomes increasingly busy, we embrace smarter marine management for a healthy ocean, robust economy and vibrant communities.

Spending her early years just a short stroll from the beach in southern California, and then later growing up in New Jersey passing summers weekends “down the shore,” Anne spent a lot of time playing in the ocean. But it was really the underwater photography of Cousteau and others that showed her the incredible worlds that lurked below the murky waves and got her hooked. Something about the sea, with its uncharted depths and wild and amazing creatures, stirred her imagination and has stayed with her ever since.

A career environmental attorney, she has spent the last 15 years advocating for better management and planning of our oceans, watersheds and public lands. Prior to coming to Ocean Conservancy, Anne worked for The Wilderness Society as Director of Wilderness Policy. There she developed legislative and administrative policy goals for a broad spectrum of public lands issues. Earlier in her career, she served as Senior Director of Policy for the Potomac Conservancy focusing on land use and water quality issues. Anne has also served as a consultant with Eastern Research Group and Myra L. Frank & Associates. Serving as a legal advisor, she has also spent time with the University of Maryland Environmental Law Clinic, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Natural Resources.

My Ocean Animal

If I were a sea creature I would be an angler fish. Yes, those really wild looking fish that have a fleshy bit on their heads to lure prey to their mouth. These are the kind of wild, can-you-believe-it sea creatures that impressed me from books and television growing up.



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