About Us

For the Love of The Ocean

Emily Woglom

Executive Vice President

Washington, D.C.

Areas of Expertise

  • U.S. federal ocean policy
  • Marine debris
  • Ocean planning
  • Federal budget and appropriations

Emily Woglom serves as a vice president for conservation policy and programs at Ocean Conservancy, where she oversees the intersection of science, policy and citizen engagement across multiple programs. Prior to working at Ocean Conservancy, Emily served as a senior policy advisor to The Nature Conservancy’s marine program. Before entering the non-profit policy world, Emily worked at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, where she oversaw budget and policy issues related to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), gaining deep expertise in federal budgets, ocean policy and governance.

Emily always wanted to work at the intersection of people and science. After having taught physics and math in classrooms for several years, she wanted to take a more active role in shaping policy. Her work now focuses on engaging people and science through advocacy. In her work at the federal government, The Nature Conservancy and now Ocean Conservancy; Emily has been inspired by the positive change that a small group of dedicated people can bring about to help the ocean, especially when this small group mobilizes a larger and more diverse coalition of stakeholders who benefit in different ways from protecting and conserving Earth’s greatest global commons – the ocean.


  • Bachelor’s degree from Yale University
  • Master’s degree from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University

My Favorite Thing About the Ocean

Its vastness serves as a constant reminder of how small we each are, and its vulnerability a reminder of our responsibility to bring people together to conserve and protect it.

“To move forward, change has to come from multiple directions at the same time. The solutions to really challenging problems always come along multiple fronts. We all have an opportunity to do something that makes the world a better place from wherever we are. ”

Emily Woglom


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