Maia Hatchett

Plastics Program Manager

Maia Hatchett is the Program Manager for the Plastics Initiative at The Ocean Foundation (TOF). She primarily manages the End Plastic Pollution International Collaborative (EPPIC) Partnership, which aims to mobilize global action on plastic pollution by supporting projects that make the full lifecycle of plastic more sustainable. With a passion for foreign affairs and sustainable system dynamics, Maia enjoys understanding the big picture and nuanced details of complex global issues. 

Maia has a background in international affairs, collaborative process design, and sustainability issues. Before joining TOF, she worked at Meridian Institute, where she developed collaborative processes to facilitate multistakeholder dialogue and action on various environmental topics, including plastic pollution, aquaculture development, voluntary carbon markets, and food systems. Maia has also worked in government and academia on international environmental and local sustainability issues. She served as an intern for the Office of Environmental Quality at the U.S. Department of State, where she produced background papers on country positions on ocean plastics, developed briefing points on environmental and trade policies, and contributed to circular economy research. While studying at American University, she supported LEED Gold BD+C certifications for buildings on campus, educated the student body on the university’s zero waste goals, and served as the student body representative on the university’s Sustainability Advisory Committee to develop the 2020 Sustainability Plan.

Maia enjoys immersing herself in different cultures and is a seasoned traveler, having studied abroad in both South Korea and China (an experience documented by an international broadcaster!). Outside of her 9-5, you can find her practicing Korean, checking out new cafes, and working on sewing projects.