Economics Associate, Oceana, Inc.
Kevin He works as an environmental policy specialist and strives to apply his training as an economist and ecologist to improving policy outcomes in our world's oceans. Kevin currently currently works as the Economics Associate at the Science & Strategy team at Oceana, the largest international non-profit organization dedicated solely to ocean conservation, a role he has held since 2017. In that role, Kevin leads Oceana's research and strategic thinking on socioeconomic issues and aims to integrate considerations of human well-being into ocean conservation policy. Kevin also plays an active role as a lead economist on several of Oceana's policy and advocacy teams and works to ensure that policies are developed based on sound economic principles.
Kevin received a Bachelor degree from Duke University, where he specialized in ecological modeling and data analytics, and a Master's degree from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, where he focused on environmental policy and economics. Prior to joining Oceana, Kevin worked with several U.S. EPA programs, including on regulations for drinking water pollutants, the Safer Choice program, and the Climate Indicators Report. Kevin also spent a summer as a member of The Nature Conservancy's Conservation Investments Department in California researching financing options for sustainable agriculture.
"The Nicholas School gave me the foundation upon which I've built my career, instilling in me an endless curiosity about the natural world. Questions I first began asking back then continue to inspire my day-to-day experience as a scientist and an advocate for the marine environment."