Jason M. Patlis
President and C.E.O.
Jason has 30 years of experience in non-profit management, environmental law, public policy and finance, working internationally and domestically, in public and private sectors. Prior to his position at The Maritime Aquarium, Jason worked in leadership positions in domestic and international conservation organizations – three years as Executive Director of the global marine conservation portfolio of the Wildlife Conservation Society; nearly seven years as the President and C.E.O. of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, the non-profit partner to the U.S. National Marine Sanctuary System; and two years as Vice President and Managing Director for U.S. Government Relations at the World Wildlife Fund.
Jason has specialized in natural resource governance, advancing laws and policies to sustainably manage natural resources and endangered species for the benefit of local communities and in the face of changing political systems. In the U.S., he has worked on both sides of the Capitol, as Deputy Staff Director for the House Science Committee, and as Majority Counsel on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. From 2000 to 2006, Jason worked as a legal expert in Indonesia to help shape new laws relating to forestry and coastal resource management as the country moved from dictatorship to democracy. His efforts helped pave the way for the establishment of Indonesia’s first national law on coastal management enacted in 2007. He began his legal career in NOAA’s Office of General Counsel handling issues relating to the Endangered Species Act.
Jason was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in 2000, and is widely published in law and policy journals. He received his J.D. from Cornell University School of Law and his B.A. from Haverford College.