Who We Are

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SCF’s board is comprised of leaders in results driven conservation. Their depth of expertise in grantmaking and wide sphere of influence positions SCF to invest in and champion initiatives with the greatest purpose and impact. The board, coupled with a staff that has extensive policy expertise, excels at identifying and funding the most strategic projects that are focused on the global defense of sharks and rays. SCF’s comprehensive approach, extraordinary human capital, and extensive international reach positions it well to influence all major shark fishing, processing, and consuming countries.

Advisory Board

  • Jim Angell

    Director of Conservation and Board Member Paul M. Angell Family Foundation

    Jim’s work at the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation focuses primarily on supporting efforts to protect and conserve the world's ocean habitats, coral reefs, and apex predators whose survival is imperiled by overfishing and global climate change.

    Prior to joining the Foundation, Jim worked as an attorney for nearly two decades for Earthjustice, a public interest environmental law firm. As an attorney in Earthjustice’s Bozeman, Montana office, and later as the managing attorney in the organization’s Denver, Colorado office, he litigated and directed numerous cases whose goals were to protect the landscapes and endangered species of the American west, and to preserve the clean air and water upon which the region’s residents depend.

    Jim has degrees from Columbia College (BA), the University of California at Los Angeles (MA), and the University of California at Berkeley (JD). Jim lives in Denver, Colorado with his two sons, of whom he is inordinately proud.

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  • J. Charles Fox

    Executive Director Oceans 5

    Chuck Fox is the Executive Director of Oceans 5, an international funders’ collaborative dedicated to reducing overfishing and establishing marine reserves. Fox previously served as the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Assistant Administrator for Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Assistant Secretary for the Maryland Department of Environment and the Associate Administrator for EPA’s Office of Reinvention. Fox also worked with several nonprofit conservation organizations including the Pew Charitable Trusts, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Friends of the Earth, Environmental Policy Institute and the Maryland League of Conservation Voters. He resides in Annapolis with his wife, Catherine, and their two sons.

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  • Rebecca Ng

    Senior Program Officer, Vulcan Inc. Portfolio Manager for the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

    Rebecca leads marine wildlife and ocean health projects and programs on behalf of Vulcan and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. She is responsible for developing and managing a robust portfolio that includes science, research, community-based conservation and regulatory reform. She currently chairs the Advisory Board to the Shark Conservation Fund and brings over 15 years of experience leading diverse groups to accomplish ambitious conservation projects.

    Previously, Rebecca was Program Lead for the Greater Mekong Program at World Wildlife Fund where she promoted strategies, projects and communications that addressed large-scale threats such as unsustainable infrastructure development and illegal wildlife trade. 

    She holds a BSc in Environmental Science and Biology from the University of Waterloo and an MSc in Ecology from McGill University

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  • Ann Colley

    Director of Public Relations and Charitable Giving Moore Capital Management (MCM), LP

    Ann Colley is Director of Public Relations and Charitable Giving at Moore Capital Management, LP, and Director and Vice President of The Moore Charitable Foundation and its affiliate foundations. For more than two decades, Ms. Colley has guided the foundation’s grantmaking and partnerships with many of the nation’s foremost conservation organizations. She also represents The Moore Charitable Foundation in collaboration with local community organizations.

    A native of North Carolina, Ms. Colley joined The Moore Charitable Foundation  in 1994 as its first executive director after working in presidential, congressional and gubernatorial campaigns. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Waterkeeper Alliance, and is on the University of North Carolina's Board of Visitors as well as UNC’s Institute for the Environment Board.  Ann is on the Board of Advisors of Oceans 5 and the Shark Conservation Fund. 

    Ms. Colley attended Hollins University and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She lives in New York City and has two sons.

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  • Trevor Bacon

    Marine Program Officer Moore Charitable Foundation

    Trevor manages MCF’s Panama and Bahamas marine programs and is responsible for the development and implementation of marine research expeditions and scientific initiatives.

    His areas of expertise include fisheries management and the protection of migratory, pelagic shark species. Since 2013, he has been actively involved in studying Oceanic Whitetip Sharks in the Western Atlantic. 

    His career in marine conservation stems from his passions for freediving and recreational fishing. Trevor has a strong focus on implementing responsible fishing practices to ensure long term fisheries sustainability and food security. He seeks to help communities better understand the importance of proper fisheries management and the value of maintaining healthy fish populations, as well as full protections for vulnerable marine species. 

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  • Barney Long

    Senior Director of Species Conservation re:wild

    Dr. Barney Long is the senior director of species conservation for re:wild Barney works on the conservation of endangered species and the thematic approaches required to achieve the recovery of their populations. He has worked extensively on Saola, Sumatran and Javan Rhino, Tiger, Gibbons, Doucs, Tamaraw, Red Colobus and a host of other species across the world. A focus of his work is protected area management effectiveness and the prevention of poaching. 

    Barney started his career in Southeast Asia exploring the region during baseline biodiversity inventory surveys and searching for presumed extinct primates. Initially using community-based and protected area approaches to conserve species, he expanded to the integration of species conservation within wider landscape and socio-economic development processes on which he conducted his doctoral research. A key interest of Barney’s is how to raise the quality of implementation at scale through developing thematic approaches to improving protected area management effectiveness, the prevention of poaching, and species conservation and recovery planning. Barney is also a strong believer in the power of partnerships for conservation and works extensively with the IUCN Species Survival Commission, Shoal - a partnership on the conversation of freshwater fish, the SMART partnership, and the Universal Ranger Support Alliance.

    Prior to joining Global Wildlife Conservation, Barney led the Species Program at WWF-US, ran a landscape program in the Central Annamites of Vietnam for WWF, and was a conservation biologist for Fauna & Flora International in Indochina. He got his Ph.D. in biodiversity management from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology in his native England. 

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  • Andi Pearl

    Executive Director The Volgenau Foundation

    Andi Pearl is the Executive Director of The Volgenau Foundation. With expertise in ocean conservation, environmental philanthropy, green markets, and hazardous waste enforcement, Andi has worked as a strategic advisor, policy maker, and campaigner. Prior to joining The Volgenau Foundation, Andi worked as a philanthropic consultant with Breakthrough Strategies and Solutions, and before that, she spent over a decade at the Pew Charitable Trusts. At Pew, Andi served as a director for the Global Ocean Legacy project where she worked with local communities, scientists, and governments to create the world’s first generation of fully-protected marine reserves, including in France, Bermuda, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, and the U.S.

    Earlier in her career, Andi worked as program officer and acting executive director at the Merck Family Fund, and provided strategic guidance to the Town Creek Foundation, the National Environmental Trust, and the Antarctica Project. Andi’s legal experience focused on environmental and public health issues, including maternal health and pediatric AIDS, as well as Superfund.

    Andi holds a BA in political science and environmental studies from the University of Vermont and a JD from American University’s Washington College of Law.

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Staff

  • Lee Crockett

    Executive Director Shark Conservation Fund

    Lee is responsible for designing and implementing programmatic and grantmaking strategies, managing SCF’s grantmaking portfolio, forming strategic partnerships with NGOs and other funders, fundraising, ensuring strong operations and governance, and representing the SCF to governments, NGOs, philanthropists, and the public.

    Prior to joining the SCF, Lee spent 20 years working on fisheries management at the state, interstate, federal and international levels with both the US. Government and the non-profit sector. Most recently, he was the Director of U.S. Oceans for The Pew Charitable Trusts where he led Pew’s efforts to establish policies to end overfishing and promote ecosystem-based fisheries management in the U. S. under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), the federal law that governs ocean fish management. As director, Crockett oversaw Pew’s U.S. fisheries campaigns in the Northeast, South Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, U.S. Caribbean, and the Pacific.

    Before joining Pew, Crockett was executive director of the Marine Fish Conservation Network, the largest national coalition dedicated exclusively to promoting the sustainable management of ocean fish. Under his leadership, the campaign was instrumental in efforts to reauthorize and strengthen the Magnuson-Stevens Act in 2007. Previously, he was a fishery biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service, leading agency efforts to protect essential fish habitat. He also served as a staff member of the U.S. House Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, working on a variety of fisheries, environmental and boating safety issues.

    Crockett holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in biological oceanography from the University of Connecticut. Before college, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He is also an avid angler who enjoys fishing the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay.

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  • Meenakshi Abbi

    Senior Manager, Sponsored Projects Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA)

    Meenakshi Abbi joined RPA’s San Francisco office in May 2012 as a member of the Sponsored Projects & Funds team.. Meenakshi draws on extensive experience to serve as a resource on fiscal sponsorship, financial management, project management, and operational efficiency. Meenakshi has a diverse background ranging from directing programs and computer programming to workforce development and volunteering for social justice organizations. Prior to her current role at RPA, Meenakshi worked at Tides for over four years as a program manager for fiscally sponsored 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) projects, and helped re-launch Tides Advocacy Fund. She was also Director of the Small Business Development Center Technology Advisory Program, a nonprofit dedicated to helping small businesses effectively utilize technology. Meenakshi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Her passions include civic engagement, financial inclusion, and social justice. 

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  • Susie Lim

    Grants Manager Shark Conservation Fund

    Susie provides grants management and operational support for SCF. She worked most recently with the ASPCA as Director of Grants Management administering a large-volume grants program. Her past experience includes time at the Tides Foundation managing international grants through the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition.  She has also worked as an Operations Manager in local advocacy and policy focused organizations such as the Center for Working Families (former policy arm of Working Families Party) and ALIGN (formerly New York Jobs with Justice + Urban Agenda).  She was the  Director of Community Affairs for former NYC Council Member EVA Moskowitz (founder of the Success Charter School network).  She brings an in-depth knowledge of international grantmaking, working experience in traditional and innovative philanthropy and operations management in complex and start-up projects with a specialty on intermediary coordination and funding collaboratives. Susie is deeply invested in animal and human welfare.   

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  • Camille Serrano

    Program Coordinator, Sponsored Projects and Funds Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

    As Program Coordinator, Camille works closely with the Sponsored Projects & Funds team of advisors, grants managers, and fellow project coordinators where she supports a portfolio of projects spanning a variety of issue areas including women and girls, human rights, and the environment. In addition to providing client service for projects’ operational needs, she handles grantmaking activities and payment requests, and manages the review and execution of contracts.

    Before joining RPA in October 2020, Camille was Membership Coordinator at the Human Rights Funders Network (HRFN), where she was the key liaison for HRFN’s global network of human rights grant makers and philanthropists, handling membership administration, engagement programming, and fund development. She also has previous experience managing real estate transactions and representing unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in deportation proceedings as a Paralegal and Pro Bono Liaison at Holland & Knight LLP.

    Camille has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Music from Mount Holyoke College and studied at the Faculté de Droit et de Science Politique and Université Paul Valery in Montpellier, France. Camille is fluent in French, proficient in Spanish, and conversational in Tagalog and Mandarin Chinese.

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Expert Advisory Panel

  • Dr. Andy Cornish

    WWF-Hong Kong Leader, WWF and TRAFFIC Sharks: Restoring the Balance

    Andy co-authored the field-guide “Reef Fishes of Hong Kong” and was instrumental in introducing Hong Kong’s first sustainable seafood guide, shark fin advocacy and the Save Our Seas campaign (which led a permanent ban on all trawling) while working for WWF-Hong Kong as their Conservation Director (2005-2012). Prior to this and after gaining his doctorate on reef fishes, he worked for the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources in American Samoa, and taught fish and fisheries related undergraduate courses at the University of Hong Kong. He is a keen underwater photographer with a long-standing interest in sharks and rays, and has published several papers relating to diet, reproduction and pollutant loadings in bamboo sharks.  

    Sharks: Restoring the Balance is a major initiative spanning more than twenty countries to improve the management of shark and ray fisheries, reduce demand for unsustainable products, and move the international trade in sharks and rays toward sustainability.

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  • Professor Nicholas Dulvy

    Co-Chair, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Shark Specialist Group Canada Research Chair in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Simon Fraser University

    Nicholas Dulvy is a marine conservationist who has published over 170 peer-reviewed-papers, book chapters, technical reports and commentaries, and has been cited more than 25,000 times. He is one of the world’s most influential interdisciplinary scientists identified as Highly Cited Researcher in the “Cross-Field’ category, reflecting his ranking in the top 1% by citations for field and year across biological, environmental, and social sciences during the last decade. 

    The focus of his research is to understand the nature and scale of global change using comparative analyses of populations, communities and ecosystems along gradients of fishing pressure and climate change. 

    He spent six years as a policy advisor, and de facto lead on climate change, at the UK government fisheries agency and is now a Canada Research Chair tier II in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Simon Fraser University and Conservation Fellow of the Zoological Society of London. He recently won the SFU President's Award for Leadership in Sustainability.

    For the past decade, Nicholas Dulvy was a Co-Chair of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Shark Specialist Group. During this time, the SSG has trained 250+ scientists, producing 4 conservation strategies, 8 key reports, publishing 1,150+ Red List assessments, all contributing to the international trade regulation of 38 shark and ray species. 

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  • Sarah Fowler

    Scientific Advisor, Trustee of the Shark Trust Save our Seas Foundation

    Sarah has a first class Joint Honours degree in Zoology and Marine Zoology from the University College of North Wales and an MSc in Conservation from University College London. Her 40 years in marine biodiversity conservation has encompassed working in various capacities for government departments (UK and German), national and international NGOs and foundations, and as Managing Director of a biodiversity conservation consultancy. During this time, Sarah has acted as a marine commissioned research programme manager, a coordinator of an international expert network, a reviewer and auditor of grant applications, and advisor on international marine conservation strategies, with a particular emphasis on the application of multilateral environmental agreements to shark and ray conservation.

    Sarah acted as Deputy Chair, Acting Chair and Co-chair of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG) for 18 years from its establishment in 1991, including fund-raising for and leading the first global chondrichthyan fish Red List Assessment, completed in 2009. She also headed the SSG’s input to CITES, CMS and other multilateral environmental and fisheries bodies for over 25 years. Her work with the SSG's expert network led to Sarah founding the European Elasmobranch Association and the UK Shark Trust, a public membership charity, during the mid 1990s (she is still a Trustee of the latter). She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to marine conservation in 2004 and became Scientific Advisor to the Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) in 2011. In addition to advising SOSF and the Shark Conservation Fund on their grant-making programmes, Sarah has also advised IUCN's Save Our Species Conservation Action Programme on elasmobranch grant applications, and the Oceanário de Lisboa and Oceano Azul Foundation on applications to their Oceans’ Conservation Fund.

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  • Rebecca Regnery

    Senior Director, Wildlife Department Human Society International

    Rebecca Regnery, MSB is the Senior Director of Humane Society International’s wildlife department. She is responsible for managing wildlife programs and campaigns and represents the organization at international treaties and agreements including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the International Whaling Commission (IWC). 

    Ms. Regnery collaborates with U.S. and foreign governments, international organizations and other non-governmental organizations, industry and consumers to accomplish wildlife conservation and animal welfare goals. 

    Ms. Regnery holds a Bachelor of Science from the American University and a Master of Science in Business from Johns Hopkins University.

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  • Luke Warwick

    Director, Sharks and Rays Program, Wildlife Conservation Society

    Luke directs the Sharks and Rays Program at the Wildlife Conservation Society. He is a shark and policy expert, who has worked on the issue since 2006, helping shape the programs of work that established the first listings of commercially exploited sharks and rays under CITES, and their implementation in priority countries. A former marine species conservation policy lead for the UK Government, and Director of the Pew Charitable Trusts Global Shark Conservation Campaign, he now leads WCS’s global shark conservation work, with over 10 project sites in shark conservation hotspots around the world, from Argentina, to Gabon, India and Indonesia.

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