The Director of Ocean Policy at New England Aquarium’s Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life (ACCOL), Sarah Reiter works across sectors and at the intersections of science and law to oversee policies that protect and restore the blue planet. In her role, she directs and manages the Aquarium’s ocean agenda to influence government policies that advance animal and ocean health and promote the responsible use of the ocean. She works closely with ACCOL scientific teams and senior members of the External Relations and Public Policy and Advocacy teams to define and implement tactical strategies, priorities and external relationships that support the Aquarium’s ocean conservation goals.
Sarah’s work has spanned interdisciplinary research on the ocean’s seafloor to its uppermost polar region, and has played a role in the negotiation of multiple environmental agreements. Before joining the Aquarium, Sarah taught environmental law courses as an Assistant Professor of Law, and served as the Head of an Observer delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations in support of small island nations. She is published in cross-disciplinary journals such as Science and the Stanford Environmental Law Journal and continues to teach as Adjunct Faculty at Vermont Law School. When not fighting for the ocean, you can usually find her in open water, training for marathon swims. Sarah is also on LinkedIn.