Letise LaFeir, Ph.D., is a Senior Advisor at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Prior to this role, Dr. LaFeir has served in both government and non-profit sectors to advance goals aligned with NOAA’s mission. She was Director of Federal Policy at Resources Legacy Fund; California Ocean Policy Manager at Monterey Bay Aquarium; Policy Analyst and later National Outreach Coordinator for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries; and Director of Government Relations and Education Program Coordinator at the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Dr. LaFeir also spent one year as a Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellow for now-retired Congressman Sam Farr of California.
In addition to authoring or co-authoring several scientific publications and a book of poetry, Dr. LaFeir is a certified scuba diver (Advanced and Nitrox) and has traveled to all seven continents and the seafloor. She also founded Upwelling Consulting, LLC, and has served on several advisory boards.
Dr. LaFeir is a graduate of Brown University, with a B.S. in Aquatic Biology and a B.A. in English (with Honors in Creative Writing). She received a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from the University of Delaware-College of Marine Studies.