Anna Milena Zivian holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies and has worked since 2009 for Ocean Conservancy, an ocean NGO that is engaged in and advocates on ocean issues, including ocean systems change. Ocean Conservancy works closely with affected communities, stakeholders and the public. Anna‘s academic background is interdisciplinary – she worked on environmental, agriculture and aquaculture policy at supranational, national and subnational levels; policy tools for conservation of genetic resources; and science and technology studies. Further, she has substantial experience in governance issues – and is a former local elected official – and maintains networks in the U.S. and internationally in the areas of coastal and marine spatial planning, ocean-climate change and international food policy. Anna has engaged a wide range of different stakeholder groups, including fishermen, ocean renewable energy representatives, recreational users, shipping representatives and ports, as well as representatives from local, state, national and international governments. She is a member of the Society for Conservation Biology Marine Section Policy Committee and of the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory Board.