Kaitilin Gaffney is the Director of Ecosystem Protection and has been with Ocean Conservancy since 1999. She is responsible for promoting protection of the Pacific Coast with an emphasis on California. She directs a team of staff that works on ecosystem protection issues in the Pacific, and is currently leading efforts to implement an effective, state-wide, science-based network of marine protected areas under California’s Marine Life Protection Act. Kaitilin Gaffney’s background is in environmental law and fisheries policy. She formerly served on the Executive Board of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council. She is based in the Santa Cruz, California field office. She has a law degree from Boalt Hall, an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and in 1997 served as Fulbright Fellow in New Zealand.