William Gibbons-Fly's term ended on July 31, 2019.

William (Bill) Gibbons-Fly assumed the duties of Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries on January 2, 2018. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Director of the State Department’s Office of Marine Conservation since 2004. In this capacity, he directed the development and implementation of U.S. policy for the conservation and management of living marine resources at the international level, including as the lead negotiator for the United States on a wide range of treaties, agreements and arrangements governing the use of the oceans and conservation of marine resources.

Previous positions include Deputy Counselor for Environment, Science and Technology at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, and five years with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) where he coordinated NOAA participation in a wide range of international scientific and technical organizations.

Mr. Gibbons-Fly holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs from The George Washington University in Washington, DC and a bachelor’s degree (with honors) in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

U.S. Department of State

The Lessons of 1989: Freedom and Our Future