Tom Leschine is the former Director of the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs — a top-tier multidisciplinary research and educational program — and has expertise in marine policy, risk management and policy, and coastal environmental restoration. Leschine has a distinguished record of public service, notably as a member of numerous advisory boards and committees, including a longtime affiliation with the National Research Council for which he currently chairs the Marine Board and serves on the Transportation Research Board’s Subcommittee on Planning and Policy Review. Leschine holds a Ph.D. in mathematics obtained from the University of Pittsburgh and trained in marine policy as a post-doc at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He is currently Ben Rabinowitz Professor of Human Dimensions of the Environment within the UW College of the Environment.