Willow Battista
Willow Battista
Manager, Research, Design, and Engagement.

Willow has been a member of EDF's Oceans Program since 2012. She began her EDF career as an intern with the Fishery Solutions Center, transitioned to a consultant role, working with Dr. Rod Fujita to explore ways to better manage data-limited fisheries around the world, and then transitioned to a formal staff position and her current role with the FSC in February of 2018. During her time at EDF, Willow's work has focused on the creation of a set of tools designed to assess risk, examine governance conditions, and assess scalablity of the marine resource management projects pursued by EDF's Fishery Solutions Center. Through her work, she seeks to better understand conservation impact and natural resource use by analyzing people's decision drivers as individuals as well as larger societies.

Willow also supports our Regional Teams, staff and partners in tool trainings and application, research and analyses. Finally, Willow acts as the liaison between FSC and the EU and US teams, seeking opportunities to improve outcomes in these regions through FSC support and/or collaboration with other regions.

Willow holds a Master of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at UCSB, where she double-specialized in Coastal-Marine Resource Management and Economics and Politics of the Environment. She also holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Washington. Her main interests center around integrating science into policy and management design, and working with local communities to create management strategies that foster sustainable resource use and biodiversity conservation. When Willow is not working, she enjoys exploring the beautiful coasts and hills around the Bay area, traveling and spending time with her husband, daughter, dog, and two kitties, and walking dogs at a local dog rescue shelter.