Barry Gold is director of Marine Conservation at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, where he leads efforts to ensure healthy oceans through approaches that integrate human use with conservation and that foster sustainable jobs and economic development. This includes work to shift fisheries management to an incentive-based system, which research shows can end overfishing, rebuild depleted stocks, and sustain fishing communities.
Gold has dedicated his career to working at the interface between environmental science and policy. Before joining the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, he worked at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, where he led the Foundation’s efforts to protect and restore ecological systems, using sustainability as a guiding concept. Prior to the Packard Foundation, he was chief of the Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center, where he was responsible for leading an effort to understand and protect some of the most highly prized scenic and natural resources in the US while balancing potentially conflicting social, economic, and political interests.
Gold has held senior staff positions in the US House of Representatives and the National Academy of Sciences. He is currently president of the Board of the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity, the leading affinity group for environmental funders, and serves on a number of other boards and external advisory committees for organizations such as the National Socio-environmental Synthesis Center, the Collaborative Institute on Oceans, Climate and Security, and the Conservation International – Science Advisory Council.
He has degrees in biology, ecology, and political science and a DSc in Technology and Human Affairs from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2007, he was elected a Fellow of the AAAS.