Jennifer McCann Biography

Jennifer McCann Biography

Jennifer McCann is the Director of Rhode Island Sea Grant’s Extension Program and the Director of U.S. Coastal Programs at the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center at the Graduate School of Oceanography. Based on the center’s decades of experience in coastal management locally and abroad, McCann has developed trainings and workshops for an international effort to build the capacity of coastal management practitioners. McCann currently serves on Duke University’s Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning Advancement Training Steering Committee, is a state-appointed advisory committee member for the multi-state offshore wind roadmap initiative, and is a task force member for the federally appointed BOEM Rhode Island Renewable Energy Task Force. As part of Rhode Island Sea Grant’s seafood portfolio, McCann works with partners to offer aquaculture education to prospective shellfish farmers and the public.

From 2007- 2010, McCann served as a principal lead for the development and implementation of the Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan (Ocean SAMP), the first formally adopted Ocean Spatial Plan in the nation, which led to the siting of the nation’s first offshore windfarm.  McCann led the national effort to develop monitoring protocols and modeling tools for improved management of offshore renewable energy. She was a winner of the Department of Interior’s Partners in Conservation Awards (2014) as well as the Outstanding Outreach Achievement Award from the Northeast Regional Sea Grant Consortium (2013). She began her career at the Center for Marine Conservation (CMC) (now The Ocean Conservancy), building a strong and diverse educated constituency for the creation and management of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. She represented CMC in the Dominican Republic to build the capacity of local nonprofits as institutions and implementers of integrated coastal resources management.