For twenty years, John Parks has worked with local communities, indigenous leaders, resource users, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations to employ marine resource management solutions that strengthen the environmental and civil security in coastal communities around the world. During this time, John has served in a number of non-government and government organizations, including as a federal officer with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and as senior staff with the Nature Conservancy, the World Resources Institute, and World Wildlife Fund. John assists government and non-governmental clients around the world design and plan marine management solutions, including for sustainable fisheries management, marine protection, citizen-supported maritime enforcement, and climate change adaptation. John earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Miami in Florida, with a dual focus on behavioral science and tropical coastal ecology. He is a member of IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas, and has been a contributing or lead author on numerous books, peer-reviewed journal articles, and other publications.