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Jennifer Lukens
Director, Office of Policy



Jennifer Lukens 
Director, Office of Policy 

In her role as Director of the Office of Policy, Ms. Lukens oversees the analysis and development of national level policy on issues that cross NOAA Fisheries Offices and Regions, other NOAA Line Offices, and the interagency arena. In this role, she is responsible for providing strategic policy coordination, analysis, and recommendations to the NOAA Fisheries Executive Leadership Team. In addition, she oversees engagement with the NOAA Marine Fisheries Advisory Council. Before joining the Office of Policy, Ms. Lukens held leadership positions in the Habitat Office at headquarters, serving as the Acting Deputy Director for Habitat and as the Restoration Center’s Acting Deputy Chief. Prior to coming to NOAA Fisheries, she was a Senior Policy Adviser to the NOAA Administrator on ocean and coastal policy. Ms. Lukens joined NOAA in 2000 as a Presidential Management Fellow and worked for the National Ocean Service and later for NOAA's Office of Legislative Affairs. Ms. Lukens holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Lynchburg College and a M.A. in Environmental Policy from American University's School of International Service.