Ocean Conservancy

Ocean Conservancy to Appoint Interim President and CEO

Janis Searles Jones will become interim President and Chief Executive Officer upon the departure of Vikki Spruill, who has served as President and CEO since December 2006.

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April 20, 2012

Washington, DC – Ocean Conservancy announces that Janis Searles Jones will become the nonprofit organization's interim President and Chief Executive Officer upon the departure of Vikki Spruill, who has served as President and CEO since December 2006. Spruill announced recently that she will be leaving Ocean Conservancy in mid-June to serve in a new leadership role for the philanthropic community as the President and CEO of the Council on Foundations.
 
“Janis will head Ocean Conservancy while the Board of Directors undertakes a national search for a new President and CEO,” said Curtis Bohlen, board chair. “Janis is a recognized expert and proven leader in the conservation field, having worked on a wide range of environmental issues over the past 20 years. With her connections and depth of knowledge and experience, Janis will ensure that Ocean Conservancy continues its trailblazing work in ocean policy and conservation. On behalf of the entire Board, I express our appreciation for Janis’ commitment to our organization and its mission, and her willingness take on this new role. Her leadership during this period of transition will ensure that Ocean Conservancy won't skip a beat.”
 
Jones joined Ocean Conservancy in 2008 as General Counsel and currently serves as Senior Vice President for Policy & Programs. In this role, she leads Ocean Conservancy’s conservation programs, drawing on her broad experience in ocean conservation, public lands, fisheries and other environmental issues.
 
“I welcome this new challenge and expanded opportunity to lead Ocean Conservancy in an interim capacity and appreciate the confidence of the Board of Directors,” Jones said. “I look forward to guiding our excellent and dedicated staff while the Board’s search committee embarks on the important assignment of identifying our next President and CEO.”

Prior to joining Ocean Conservancy, Jones was Senior Regional Counsel and Policy Adviser for Oceana, covering the Pacific region from Alaska to California. She also worked as a staff attorney for the Alaska office of Earthjustice where her docket was dominated by marine issues, including serving as lead counsel on the successful North Pacific groundfish/Steller sea lion litigation. A respected expert in the marine conservation field, Jones has authored chapters in “Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy” and “Ecosystem-based Management for the Oceans.” She graduated summa cum laude from Reed College with a degree in history and received a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, where she is a Distinguished Environmental Law Alumnus and an adjunct faculty member.

Ocean Conservancy’s Board of Directors has formed a search committee to recruit a successor.

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