Sean M. Watts has worked for two decades at the intersection of science, policy and society to create environmental solutions that yield the greatest human and ecological benefits. He is currently Director of Community Partnerships for the Seattle Parks Foundation, where he acts as a policy liaison and advocate for resident-led groups enhancing open space in Seattle.
SANTA CLARA ...Throughout his career, he has sought to lower barriers for communities to influence in the science and policy that affects them. As faculty at Santa Clara University, Sean taught ecology and environmental policy, where he challenged students to find pragmatic approaches to conservation in human-altered landscapes.
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION...As an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow assigned to the National Science Foundation, he developed programs to broaden participation in the sciences, coordinated interagency and international partnerships, and conducted internal assessments of the benefits of NSF-funded research on society.
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON...Returning to the academic sector, Sean launched the University of Washington, Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program which aims to diversify conservation across academic disciplines, as well as ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Following the launch of the Scholars Program, Sean consulted with Seattle-based environmental organizations on strategic planning for diversity, equity and inclusion.
Sean is a native of Alexandria, VA; received his BA in Biology from the University of Virginia; and PhD in Ecology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.