Pew’s U.S. Arctic project seeks to protect environmentally sensitive areas of America’s Arctic waters—including the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort seas—from harm caused by industrial fishing, offshore oil and gas development, and ship traffic and to promote science-based policies to guide environmentally responsible development of industrial activities in the U.S. Arctic Ocean. Pew supports indigenous fishing and hunting rights.

Meet the Team

Raychelle Aluaq Daniel


Raychelle Aluaq Daniel is an officer with Pew’s protecting life in the U.S. Arctic project, focusing on conserving marine life and environmentally sensitive areas in the Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast.

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Melissa Parks

Senior associate

Melissa Parks is a senior associate with Pew’s U.S. Arctic project, advancing responsible policies to protect marine ecosystems from the impacts of increasing industrial activities. 

She has more than a decade of experience at nonprofits and in advocacy. 

Parks holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington and a master’s in international environmental policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.