Mark Richardson helps drive the strategic development of policy and technology solutions that bring actionable fisheries data and intelligence to governments and industry around the world, allowing them to take decisive action against illegal fishing. Richardson currently supports a number of technology research and development projects at Pew, and leads its partnership with Interpol on Project Scale—a platform for fighting illegal fishing and related criminal activity through Interpol’s global police network.
Prior to joining Pew, Richardson served as special assistant to the executive director of the Marine Mammal Commission, where he coordinated the Commission’s reviews of federal activities affecting marine mammals and oversaw several budget and performance initiatives. He has also worked as a conservation scientist with Marine Conservation Institute, leading its advocacy efforts to conserve and protect endangered Hawaiian monk seals, and coordinated its program on marine protected area law enforcement. Before his work in marine conservation, Richardson spent several years with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, where he conducted performance evaluations of federal public health and emergency health preparedness programs.
Richardson holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University, and a bachelor’s degree in German from Binghamton University.