As the Senior Manager of the Fishery Solutions Center’s Impact Team, Phoebe Higgins develops strategies for advancing private and public investment in fisheries projects that drive fisheries management reform, improve sustainability and achieve financial returns. In this role, she coordinates with EDF Oceans Program’s regional teams, financial institutions, seafood companies and other fisheries stakeholders to identify opportunities to use finance to overcome barriers to global fisheries reform.
In addition to her role with the center, Phoebe is the Director of Environmental Defense Fund’s California Fisheries Fund (CFF), an award-winning revolving loan program launched with government and private partners in 2008 to promote sustainable fishing and rebuild the West Coast's struggling fisheries. Her work focuses on initiating loans to fishermen and seafood businesses that are participating in sustainable fisheries, such as the new Pacific groundfish catch share program that launched in January of 2011. CFF investments range from loans for fishing vessels, gear, and fishing permits, to infrastructure and working capital. She has served as an advisor to the Central Coast Sustainable Groundfish Association (CCSGA) and Fish 2.0, a business competition that connects sustainable fishing and aquaculture businesses with potential investors.
Prior to joining Environmental Defense Fund, Phoebe worked in commercial lending serving green businesses and nonprofit organizations. She also has several years' experience as a community organizer focusing on social justice issues such as affordable housing, equity in education and voter participation. She holds a B.A. in Russian from Carleton College and an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from the Green MBA program at Dominican University of California. Phoebe is a self-professed food-oriented traveler, seeking beer, wine, cheese and chocolate everywhere she goes.