Chever X. Voltmer is Ocean Conservancy’s Director for Plastics Initiatives. Previously, she worked at the Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, where she was the lead for international marine debris issues, overseeing U.S. engagement on this issue in the United Nations, G7, G20, APEC, ASEAN, and other fora. A retired career member of the Foreign Service, Chever served overseas in Poland, Guyana, Russia, Ecuador, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, and Estonia. In Russia, Chever was the Embassy’s macroeconomist while detailed to the Department of Treasury. In Ukraine, she was the Assistance Coordinator for a $120 million annual budget, in addition to being the Economic Counselor. In Estonia, she served as the Deputy Chief of Mission. She also spent a year as the Director for Central America and the Caribbean at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Chever holds undergraduate degrees in economics and Russian studies and holds an M.S. from the National War College, where she was a Distinguished Graduate.