Alexis Jackson serves as a Fisheries Project Director for the Oceans Program of the California Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. At TNC, Alexis leads a team focused on reducing the global bycatch of swordfish fisheries through demonstrating the ability of low bycatch gears to support economically viable fisheries in California and in other major swordfish producing countries along the eastern Pacific Ocean. She also serves as an ocean policy lead, working closely with State agencies, Commissions, and the California Legislature to ensure the adoption of policies that reduce plastic pollution and advance climate-readiness in state fisheries management.
Prior to joining TNC, Alexis worked for NOAA Fisheries and Pew Charitable Trusts where she gained extensive experience in state, Federal, and international fisheries policy and negotiations related to sustainable management of highly migratory species (e.g. sharks, tuna, swordfish). Her research has primarily focused on application of conservation genetics and genomic data to inform fishery management strategies and regulatory processes for commercially important fish and invertebrate species. Alexis holds a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Yale University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from University of California Santa Cruz.
When she’s not at work, Alexis enjoys the performance arts. She takes Modern and contemporary dance classes and supports regional theater.