Tom Maloney

Executive Director

"This is a critical time for California's oceans. I am honored to lead such a great team to help support strong science for the West Coast."


As Executive Director, Tom brings deep experience with environmental issues affecting the West Coast, including natural resource management and conservation planning. Throughout his career, Tom has led the protection of working lands, collaborating with citizen scientists and partnering with a wide variety of interests on conservation plans for ecosystem restoration in terrestrial and aquatic environments across the United States.


Tom joined our team after serving as the first Executive Director of the Tejon Ranch Conservancy, now applying his management experience to the innovative programs at Ocean Science Trust. He previously held positions at the Nature Conservancy, co-leading management planning for some of California’s most remarkable ecosystems. Tom is an alumnus of Boston University and Antioch Graduate School. He also was selected for The Nature Conservancy Sawhill Leadership Program, in partnership with Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Perfect Fit

Throughout his career, Tom has relied on sound science to guide conservation decisions and policy, making him a natural fit to lead an organization that distills relevant science for the management and protection of California’s oceans. As a teenager, he learned to scuba dive in California’s Monterey Bay and today enjoys birding and surfing badly along the California coast.

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