As the acting director of the National MPA Center, my job is to lead the great team we have at the Center to build the national system of MPAs. The Center helps MPAs and MPA programs across the United States protect ocean resources more effectively through technical support, analysis, mapping, training, and stakeholder engagement.


The National MPA Center was established in 2000, soon after Executive Order 13158 went into effect. The U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of the Interior implement the Executive Order through the National MPA Center. The MPA Center is located within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an agency of the Department of Commerce, and is a division of NOAA's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management.