Director, Pacific Initiative, Oceans Division, Nature Program
Sandy Aylesworth advocates to combat illegal fishing and for responsible offshore wind development. Prior to joining NRDC, she worked at the U.S. Department of State and was a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow at NOAA's Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. Aylesworth's first career was as a captain and mate, where she became familiar with the oceans on voyages in French Polynesia, Baja, the United States, and the Caribbean. She worked as a marine technician for the U.S. Antarctic Program on seven oceanographic cruises. Aylesworth has a master's in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and a 500 Ton Ocean Master's license. She is based in NRDC's San Francisco office.