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L&C Alum Tara Brock Joins Oceana as Pacific Counsel

June 13, 2019

Oceana Welcomes Tara Brock as Pacific Counsel

Attorney and Policy Expert Joins Oceana’s U.S. Pacific Campaigns to Protect and Restore Ocean Health


Portland, OR—Ms. Tara Brock has joined Oceana as Pacific Counsel, based in Portland, Oregon. Brock brings with her more than a decade of experience and a diverse background in ocean conservation, not only as an attorney but also through community organizing, policy expertise and advocacy, and communications outreach.

“We are beyond thrilled to welcome Tara to our team as we diligently campaign to restore abundance and improve the resilience of U.S. Pacific and Arctic ocean ecosystems,” said Susan Murray, Oceana’s Deputy Vice President, Pacific. “To ensure healthy oceans for future generations, we have to have the best possible players on our team, and Tara is certainly that.”

Brock holds a Juris Doctor from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College with a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. Before joining Oceana, she worked for the Pew Charitable Trusts, Surfrider Foundation, M+R Strategic Services, Environment Michigan and other organizations.

As Pacific Counsel, Brock will engage in every aspect of Oceana’s campaign work from the Arctic to California. This includes campaigns to protect forage fish like sardine and anchovy from overfishing, reduce the bycatch of ocean animals caught in West Coast fisheries, protect ocean habitats from destructive practices, prevent expanded offshore oil drilling, safeguard iconic marine species like whales and sea turtles, and move away from single-use plastics.

“I’m excited to join the amazing team here at Oceana and continue my passion to protect our oceans for today, tomorrow and generations to come,” said Brock. “We’ve got a lot of work to do, but I remain optimistic that we have the tools and vision necessary to chart a brighter course for our oceans, fisheries and coastal communities.”

Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization dedicated solely to ocean conservation. Oceana is rebuilding abundant and biodiverse oceans by winning science-based policies in countries that control one third of the world’s wild fish catch. With over 200 victories that stop overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution and killing of threatened species like turtles and sharks, Oceana’s campaigns are delivering results. A restored ocean means that one billion people can enjoy a healthy seafood meal, every day, forever. Together, we can save the oceans and help feed the world. Visit to learn more