Areas of Expertise: Communications, Media Relations
Rachel Brittin joined Defenders of Wildlife as vice president of communications in December 2019. Brittin has more than 20 years focused on environmental communications having worked for the World Wildlife Fund, as communications director at American Forests, public affairs director of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and senior communications roles at NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. She was an officer for The Pew Charitable Trusts environment team, and most recently associate director of communications for American University’s School of Public Affairs. While at AU, she focused on a wide variety of policy challenges, including environmental policy. During her time at NOAA, she established a social media presence for the agency, was part of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill response team, and supported the agency’s Recovery Act effort to create thousands of jobs through coastal restoration and dam removal. At Pew, her strategy and press work helped gain international protection of five shark and two manta ray species during the 2013 CITES CoP, and she publicized many landmark studies about global fish catch, climate change, sharks, and more.