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Kama Dean-Fitz

Program Officer

Kama is a program officer in the Environment Program’s Oceans initiative, which works in Chile, Mexico, Peru, Indonesia and the United States to make fishing the sustainability success story of the 21st century. Kama manages the foundation’s grantmaking in Mexico and in the Eastern Tropical Pacific, working closely with fishermen, industry leaders, local communities, the government and scientists to put in place the policies and practices that improve fisheries management and sustain fishing communities.

Prior to joining the foundation, Kama was co-founder and executive director of Pro Peninsula, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening community-based conservation throughout the Baja California peninsula. While at Pro Peninsula, she managed the fishermen-led conservation network Grupo Tortuguero de las Californias, or Sea Turtle Conservation Network of the Californias. Kama also worked at The Ocean Foundation (TOF) as vice president of programs, overseeing all programmatic work and managing TOF's fiscal sponsorship fund program.

Kama holds a B.A. in government and Latin American studies with honors from New Mexico State University and a Masters of Pacific and International Affairs (MPIA) from the University of California, San Diego.

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