Michael Conathan is an ocean policy specialist with over 17 years of experience driving action on international, federal, and regional marine and maritime initiatives. Mike currently runs an independent consulting business supporting clients in the non-profit, public, and private sectors. He most recently spent five years at the Aspen Institute, first as Executive Director of the High Seas Initiative and then as a Senior Policy Fellow of the Energy & Environment Program. Prior to that he was Director of Ocean Policy at the Center for American Progress, and a Republican staffer on the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard. He is a co-founder of the National Ocean Protection Coalition and serves on the advisory board of the Center for the Blue Economy in Monterey, CA and as a trustee of the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Boothbay, ME. He lives in South Portland, Maine with his spouse, teenage child, and an ever-hopeful chocolate lab.