Jessie Ritter is the Senior Policy Specialist for Gulf Restoration at the National Wildlife Federation, where she leads the federal policy work for NWF campaigns to protect and restore the Gulf of Mexico coastal area, increasing its resiliency in the face of storms, floods, sea level rise, oil spills, and other threats to wildlife and coastal communities. In addition to her work in the Gulf region, Jessie advises NWF on a wide variety of other national ocean and coastal issues, ranging from marine protected areas to natural infrastructure policy.
Jessie came to NWF from the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, where she covered the oceans and atmosphere portfolio under the leadership of Senators Rockefeller and Nelson. She has also worked for a number of national non-profits on federal and state policy issues ranging from fisheries management to water resources to coastal community resilience. Jessie holds a Master’s of Environmental Management degree from Duke University’s Nicholas School, and a B.S. in Zoology from North Carolina State University.