About Angelo

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I am a scientist by training, a policy advocate in profession, but an Indigenous Micronesian from the island of Saipan since birth.  I use Indigenous knowledge and values and the scientific method to address modern threats to nature including habitat loss, fishing, and climate colonialism.

I worked at The Pew Charitable Trusts where I was an advocate for the designation and expansion of the national marine monuments in the Pacific Islands and a policy expert on global shark conservation.  I also led efforts to secure an agreement at the International Union for Conservation of Nature committing governments to protect at least 30% of the ocean in fully to highly protected marine areas.

Since 2021 I have worked for the Center for American Progress where my focus is on Indigenous-led conservation and ocean justice, and ensuring that the America the Beautiful initiative delivers a holistic network of geographically representative marine protected areas that are just, well-designed, and well-managed. 

I hold bachelor’s degrees in biology from the University of Richmond and environmental policy from Rollins College.  I am also a mediocre ukulele player who enjoys scuba diving in warm tropical waters full of fish.


Marine Protected Areas
Mariana Trench
Even More Sharks

Indigenous-led Conservation
Marine Protected Areas

Peer-Reviewed Scientific Papers


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