Justyna Nicinska joined Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary on a rotation, acting as the Deputy Superintendent, as part of NOAA’s Leadership Competencies Development Program (LCDP). While at Gray’s Reef Justyna will engage in a number of efforts including annual strategic planning and program implementation. Justyna comes from the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Office, where she provides program management for a variety of scientific research initiatives and special projects.
Prior to coming to Gray’s Reef, as part of the LCDP program, Justyna acted as the Deputy Director of the NOAA NMFS Office of Habitat Conservation and prior to that acted as the Deputy CFO for NOAA OAR. In a previous LCDP assignment with the NOAA/PPI Office of the Chief Economist, she led the Natural Capital Business Team, fostering public-private partnerships for more innovative, resilient and sustainable business practices.
Justyna was a Knauss Fellow in 2005 in the Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy and first came to NOAA in 2006, working in OAR’s International Affairs Office. Justyna’s academic background is in the area of marine biology and global environmental politics. She completed her PhD in Global Affairs at Rutgers University in 2013.