Maggie Allen was born and raised in central Florida, surrounded by water, so she naturally fell in love with all things aquatic at an early age. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies-Sociology from Whitman College and a master’s degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington. Maggie has worked as an AmeriCorps member at an estuarine reserve in Oregon; taught coral reef ecology in Key West, FL; studied fisheries management in Tasmania, Australia; and conducted social science research for NOAA Fisheries in Seattle. Most recently, she was a Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in Washington D.C., working for NOAA’s Office of Education. She continues to work there as an Education Specialist, helping fund climate resilience projects around the country and leading a network of aquariums to collaborate on ways to best engage the public to protect coastal and marine ecosystems. In Maggie’s free time, she enjoys kayaking, exploring the Pacific Northwest with her partner and husky, and, surprisingly, cooking.