Dr. Sandra Whitehouse is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.

Dr. Sandra Thornton Whitehouse is a longtime environmental advocate and policy advisor who uses her expertise in marine science to help shape environmental initiatives in Rhode Island and on the federal level. She has served for over twenty years as an ocean policy advisor to multiple organizations and institutions, using her marine science expertise to advise clients on a variety of issues including how to advance ocean health and sustainably develop coastal and offshore projects.

Dr. Whitehouse has assisted environmental nongovernmental organizations and other nonprofit organizations, a state agency, legislative body, and private companies. She is currently the team lead for Ocean Conservancy’s Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning program. She is a former chair of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Management Council and has served on the boards of Save the Bay, the Nature Conservancy’s Rhode Island chapter, the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting, the Aquidneck Island Land Trust, Grow Smart Rhode Island, and the University of Rhode Island’s Marine Advisory Council, among others.

Dr. Whitehouse holds a BS from Yale University and a PhD in biological oceanography from the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island.