Margaret Spring

Affiliated Researcher

Specialties: Climate Change, Climate Change Adaptation, Coastal and Nearshore Environment, Environmental Law and Policy

Prior to joining the Monterey Bay Aquarium in April 2013, Margaret Spring served first as Chief of Staff, and then Principal Deputy Under Secretary of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where she worked closely with the NOAA Administrator, NOAA senior leadership and the Department of Commerce to develop and drive strategic priorities with a particular focus on external constituents, interagency initiatives, and administration priorities.

From 2007 to 2009, Margaret was Director of The Nature Conservancy’s California Coastal and Marine Program. Before moving to the Conservancy, Margaret served as Senior Counsel, then General Counsel, to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, where she focused on crafting legislation and ensuring oversight on topics including fisheries conservation and management; coastal zone management; marine sanctuaries; coastal and atmospheric science; climate change; weather; satellite systems; mapping, and other federal ocean and atmospheric programs. A graduate of Duke University School of Law and Dartmouth College, Margaret was an environmental attorney at Sidley & Austin in Washington, D.C. from 1992 to 1999.

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