Senior Fellow & Director
Sally Yozell is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Environmental Security program at the Stimson Center. Yozell’s research examines the suite of environmental threats that have the potential to undermine national, regional, or global security. Her work focuses on ocean security, climate security and wildlife protection.
Yozell leads a team of experts who explore the links between environmental crime and global security issues and develop natural security strategies to address illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, thwart illicit networks and increase transparency and traceability along the seafood supply chain. She also works to devise resiliency strategies to address climate and ocean risk. Yozell serves in an advisory role for the Our Ocean Conferences – providing advice to the European Union in 2017, the Indonesian government in 2018, and currently is an advisor to the Norwegian Government for the Our Ocean Conference 2019 in Oslo.
Prior to joining Stimson, Yozell was a Senior Advisor to Secretary of State John Kerry where she provided advice and technical expertise to advance U.S. policies in the international arena related to ocean, climate, and wildlife protection. She joined the State Department to support and manage the Our Ocean Conferences in 2014 and 2016 where her efforts helped steward many of the far-reaching outcomes resulting in conservation commitments and investments at the time totaling over $9.2 billion and 9.9 million sq. km of marine protected areas, including the expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands, and the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monuments, as well as the first marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean.
While at the State Department Yozell led government wide efforts to combat IUU fishing, including initiating a global seafood traceability program, working to successfully ratify the Port State Measures Agreement Treaty. She also designed policies with partners in the G-7 countries to reduce marine litter, and was instrumental in the global strategy that successfully created the world’s largest marine protected area in Antarctica’s Ross Sea.
Previously, Yozell served as Director of Policy and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She also worked as a Regional Director for Marine Conservation at The Nature Conservancy; was a Vice President in the applied marine science group at Battelle Memorial Institute; and worked for almost a decade in the U.S. Senate as an environment and energy advisor to Senator John Kerry.
Yozell holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Vermont.