Lisa Speer directs the International Oceans Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an environmental organization dedicated to protecting natural resources and public health with offices in the United States and China and is a Steering Committee member of the High Seas Alliance. Her work currently focuses on conservation and management of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction, and in the Arctic. Lisa’s other major focus is on integrated, ecosystem based management and marine protected areas in the Arctic and has served on the Arctic Council’s MPA expert group since its establishment in 2012. She has served on a number of U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Committees on the Arctic and marine issues, and served a six-year term as a member of the Academies’ Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology. Lisa received her Master’s degree from Yale University and her bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College.