About WAN


The Women’s Aquatic Network, Inc.

The Women's Aquatic Network (WAN) brings together professionals with interests in marine, coastal and aquatic affairs and promotes the roles of women in these fields. Membership is open to both men and women in the D.C. metro area. The Women’s Aquatic Network is a private, non-profit organization incorporated in 1985 in the District of Columbia.  The WAN mission is to bring together professionals with interests in marine, coastal and aquatic policy, research, management, legislation, and other areas. WAN members are scientists, lawyers, policy-makers, natural resource managers and advocates, maritime transportation interests, entrepreneurs, academics, lobbyists, and from many other professions.  Members work in government, legislatures, private sector, academia, and non-governmental organizations.  all who are interested in WAN goals.


The purpose of WAN is to:

  • Facilitate networking by providing opportunities for women and men with interests in marine and aquatic affairs in an atmosphere that encourages information exchange, career development, and fellowship.

  • Promote the role of women in marine, coastal and aquatic affairs through information exchange and mentoring.

  • Identify individuals, groups, organizations, programs, and/or employment opportunities that could benefit members in their field(s) of interest and expertise; and provide a forum for discussion of topical issues in marine and aquatic affairs.