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Jena Carter
Marine and Coastal Conservation Director, The Nature Conservancy

Jena joined The Nature Conservancy in 2007 and currently serves as the Oregon chapter’s Marine and Coastal Conservation Director. Jena and her team work from the Coast Range out to 200 nautical miles offshore on three strategic areas – habitat conservation in estuaries, marine reserves, and marine fisheries. The team has major restoration projects underway in the Coquille River and Tillamook Bay, is working to implement strong science and community involvement in Oregon’s marine reserves, and oversees seven coastal preserves as well as land acquisitions with partners. In addition, Jena spearheaded a salmon bycatch project with the Bering Sea pollock fleet from 2011-2014 and recently launched a new fisheries program in Oregon in 2016.

In 2014, Jena was appointed by the Governor, and confirmed by the Oregon Senate, to serve on the Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council. She also sits on the Steering Committee for the Wild Rivers Coast Alliance.

Jena has an extensive background in government relations. Prior to joining the Conservancy, she worked for a decade on ocean policy, including positions at the United States Senate, Rhode Island State Senate, National Governors Association, Coastal States Organization and the City of Warwick. Jena holds a Master of Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island and a B.S. in Business Administration from Truman State University. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon with her family and a growing fleet of boats in the driveway.

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