Brian Pawlak currently serves as the Acting Director of the NOAA Office of Habitat Conservation. The Office provides national oversight and coordination of the NOAA Fisheries habitat program, including the NOAA Restoration Center and the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office. Mr. Pawlak has been with NOAA Fisheries for 13 years and began his career with NOAA conducting habitat mapping in the Southeast Fisheries Science Center.
The Office of Habitat Conservation actively supports partnerships with conservation and service corps organizations through programs such as its Community-Based Restoration Program. Since the program's inception, the Office has invested millions of dollars annually in restoration, leveraging double and triple the outcome by working with partner organizations. The Office additionally provides restoration science and technical guidance, including assistance with environmental compliance and monitoring. Building on existing partnerships and programs, and working with offices and programs across NOAA, Mr. Pawlak has strived to establish a national coastal conservation corps network that will serve to restore and protect America's coastal ecosystems, provide training and job opportunities for youth, promote community stewardship and instill a strong conservation and service ethic in tomorrow's conservation leaders.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Pawlak served two years in NOAA's Program Coordination Office as staff for NOAA's Under Secretary for Commerce Oceans and Atmosphere. He has also held leadership positions with NOAA Fisheries Office of Management and Budget, including leading the agency's budget formulation process. He received his M.B.A and graduate degree in Marine Affairs from University of Washington, and holds a B.S. degree in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.