Pacific Whale Foundation, a nonprofit organization based on Maui with projects in Ecuador and Australia, has announced that Tracy Ann Jones will become the organization’s Executive Director, effective April 15.
Jones worked for Pacific Whale Foundation from 1993 through 1999, serving as Director of Naturalist Programs and as Marine Research Naturalist. She completed her coursework toward a Master of Science, specializing in Marine Biology, at Nova Southeastern University, Oceanographic Center, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology, from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Maxwell Becton College Science and Engineering. She has lived on Maui since 1992.
Jones also holds a law degree from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center and was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in 1993. She served as the Deputy Attorney General in Hawaii’s Family Law Division, and as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney, County of Maui. She was nominated by the Judicial Selection Commission in 2008 for Judge of the District Court of the Second Circuit.
“My love has always been the ocean,” says Jones. “Educating others about the ocean and working to protect our marine environment, along with serving the community, are the strong passions in my life.”
“It feels great to be back, to be involved with Pacific Whale Foundation’s research, education, conservation and ecotourism programs,” says Jones.
Jones will be replacing Greg Kaufman, the current Executive Director of Pacific Whale Foundation, who founded the organization in 1980. Kaufman will become Chief Scientist at Pacific Whale Foundation, which will allow him more time to focus on whale research. He will also serve as Chairman of the Board of Pacific Whale Foundation.