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Anthony Chatwin

President
  • Executive Leadership

Dr. Anthony (Tony) Chatwin is the president of the Island Institute, where he works with island and coastal leaders in Maine to identify and invest in innovative approaches to community sustainability. In his leadership role, Tony oversees the Institute’s work to build economic, climate, and social resilience in Maine’s island and coastal communities and share solutions for addressing the coast’s most critical issues.

Tony has over 22 years of experience working in nonprofit organizations and philanthropy, scaling innovative and sustainable environmental strategies in the US and throughout the Americas. Prior to joining the Institute, he led the Science and Evaluation team at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), where he developed organizational strategies, worked to scale the impact of the Foundation’s grant programs and projects, and established several public-private partnerships including the Fisheries Innovation Fund, which supports effective participation of fishermen and fishing communities in the implementation of sustainable fisheries in the US. Prior to NFWF, Tony led the implementation of key strategies to improve the sustainability of coastal communities at The Nature Conservancy and the Conservation Law Foundation.

Tony is an oceanographer and earned his master’s degree from the University of Southampton, UK, and doctorate from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

As someone who is passionate about sustainability for communities, economies, and the environment, Tony is excited to be a part of the important work that the Island Institute is doing and collaborate with community members and partners to help build resilience along the Maine coast.