Country Strategies


Our Mexico grantees are strengthening marine and coastal management and protecting key ecosystems.

For over a quarter century, beginning in the early 1990s, the Packard Foundation has worked to protect globally-important marine and coastal habitats and improve fisheries management in Mexico.

Today, Mexico has the potential to be a world leader in marine biodiversity protection and sustainability.

Home to some of the most important marine ecosystems on Earth, Mexico is also among the largest seafood producers in the world. Yet, as is the case in many other countries, overfishing, illegal fishing, and poorly planned coastal development endanger the country’s ocean health—at a steep cost to the millions of Mexicans who depend on coastal ecosystems for food and jobs.

The Foundation’s work has focused on the Gulf of California, Mexico’s most productive body of water and one of the richest seas in the world. Our investments have helped grantees, fishing organizations, the Mexican Government and other partners protect 12 percent of the Gulf of California’s marine environment and improve fisheries management there. We have also helped to build a foundation for positive change, with at least 40 civil society organizations now actively working on ocean and coastal conservation and fisheries management in the Gulf of California. Meanwhile, new donors are funding in the region. The circumstances necessary to make more rapid progress for long-lasting change are now in place.

As we approach 30 years of grantmaking in the Gulf of California, we are humbled to continue working with partners in Mexico to help protect vital marine habitat now at a country-wide level while ensuring most of Mexican seafood is sustainably sourced within the next 15 years.

Launched in August 2018, the Foundation’s Mexico Marine Strategy details the work we plan to support to help ensure long-lasting positive change for the country.

Our People

Walt Reid


Meg Caldwell

Deputy Director, Oceans

Richard Cudney

Program Officer

Juli Chamberlin

Program Associate

How to Get Support

The Conservation and Science program welcomes your ideas for funding requests. Please review our existing strategies and, if your work is aligned with our funding priorities and geographic focus, send a short description to the relevant Program Officer and Program Associate or send the description using the form here. Please do not send a full proposal until requested by the Program Officer.