Janis Searles Jones

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Location Amphitheater

Gate pass required. Purchase at our Main Gate Welcome Center, (716) 357-6250.

Janis Searles Jones is CEO of Ocean Conservancy, the United States’ most established conservation organization focused solely on finding solutions to tackle the most pressing ocean issues of our time. In a week on prioritizing global and local responses to climate change, Jones will discuss the ways in which the ocean and climate are inextricably linked, and steps to take — and being taken — to save our failing oceans.

At Ocean Conservancy, Jones sets the strategic direction for the organization of nearly 100 staff of conservationists, scientists and policy experts to secure results that benefit the ocean and the people and communities that depend on it. Jones is an influential and widely-respected environmental lawyer, and is fluent in marine conservation and policy, with deep expertise in Alaska and the Arctic. In early 2017, Jones stepped into the role of Ocean Conservancy’s CEO to sharpen the organization’s direction in the new political climate. 

Jones is a frequent speaker and lecturer on ocean and coastal law and the intersection of science, policy and people in advancing conservation. A 2017 Pew Marine Fellow, she is a published expert on sustainable use of ocean resources and ecosystem-based management for the oceans. Prior to joining Ocean Conservancy, Jones was senior regional counsel and policy advisor 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. 

Jones holds a J.D. and a certificate in environmental and natural resources law from the Lewis & Clark Law School where she is also a Distinguished Environmental Law Graduate and an adjunct faculty member.