Teresa Ish to lead Walton Family Foundation Oceans Initiative

Published on
September 29, 2021
Teresa Ish, the new head of the Walton Family Foundation's Oceans Initiative

The Walton Family Foundation has announced that Teresa Ish has been appointed to the position of senior program officer and the lead of the Oceans Initiative for its Environment Program.

The Walton Family Foundation was created by the family of Walmart founders Sam and Helen Walton, and annually gives away more than USD 500 million (EUR 429 million) to charitable causes – including more than USD 90 million (EUR 77 million) in 2019 to environment-centered projects. The foundation recently announced the launch of a new five-year plan targeting specific fisheries and seafood trading nations.

Ish, Walton Family Foundation Environment Program Director Moira Mcdonald said, will be a part of furthering that five-year plan.

“Teresa’s deep understanding and experience in the conservation sector will be extremely important as we embark on our next five-year strategy, which refocuses our commitment on water and the communities and ecosystems that need it to survive,” Mcdonald said. “As our country, and our entire globe, look to mitigate against climate change, we are supporting solutions that prioritize nature and people living and succeeding together.”

Ish has managed grants in the Environment Program advocating for more sustainable fisheries since 2010, and was the seafood project manager for the Corporate Paternships Program at the Environmental Defense Fund. Prior to joining the EDF, she co-founded FishWise and served as its director of science.  

Photo courtesy of the Walton Family Foundation

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