Evan Bloom is Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and Fisheries in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. He is responsible for United States foreign policy related to oceans and maritime affairs, freedom of navigation and law of the sea, fisheries, the Arctic and Antarctica. He is a member of the federal Senior Executive Service.
Mr. Bloom joined the State Department in 1991. He has worked on oceans and polar matters for most of his career, with particular focus on Arctic policy and the Arctic Council, which he helped establish in 1995. He was recently co-chair of the Council’s Task Force on Scientific Cooperation. With respect to the other pole, he is head of the U.S. delegations to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources. He was lead U.S. negotiator for the measure establishing the world’s largest marine protected area, in Antarctica’s Ross Sea in 2016. He has led four United States inspections of foreign facilities in Antarctica under the Antarctic Treaty.
Mr. Bloom is head of the U.S. delegation for negotiations at the United Nations of a new treaty on high seas biodiversity, and chair of the federal Extended Continental Shelf Task Force.
Most of Mr. Bloom’s career at the Department has been as an attorney in the Office of the Legal Adviser. He was responsible for legal issues related to climate change, space, and polar affairs. He was a U.S. negotiator for the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change, the International Space Station treaty, and many other international agreements. He also specialized in international humanitarian law and helped establish the UN’s war crimes tribunals. Prior to joining the OES Bureau he was Counsel to the Department’s Inspector General. Before joining the State Department he was in private practice in Washington, DC and Tokyo.
Mr. Bloom is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia Law School. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.