John Parks

John Parks

Chief of Party - USAID Oceans


For twenty-five years, John Parks has worked with local communities, indigenous leaders, resource users, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, donors, and private sector interests to design and implement marine resource management solutions that strengthen the environmental sustainability and human security in coastal communities around the world, particularly in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. During this time, John has served in non-government and government organizations, including as a federal officer with the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and as senior staff with the Nature Conservancy, the World Resources Institute, and World Wildlife Fund. John currently serves as Tetra Tech’s Chief of Party on The Oceans and Fisheries Partnership, a U.S. Government-funded project working with public and private sector partners across Southeast Asia to develop and implement electronic catch documentation and traceability systems to combat illegal fishing, strengthen fisheries management, and support marine biodiversity conservation. John earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami, with a dual focus on behavioral science and tropical marine ecology. He is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and has been a contributing or lead author on over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and other technical publications.

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