Jennifer Costa has been appointed board chair of the The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.
The nonprofit, based in Chatham, works in collaboration with shark science experts, community partners, public and government officials, researchers, donors, friends and followers to augment scientific research, improve factors that affect public safety, and educate both the local and broader community to inspire a greater understanding of white sharks and conservation of the species.
Costa succeeds Stephen Daniel, who will transition to a new role with the organization.
Costa is a nonprofit development and advancement consultant and former director for Mass Audubon’s Oak Knoll and Attleboro Springs wildlife sanctuaries. She spent more than 10 years working on both coasts in fisheries-related quality control and corporate communication before transitioning to the nonprofit world. She live and worked for years in remote areas of Alaska, where a personal experience being pursued by a brown bear on the King Cove shoreline ignited her interest in apex predators and advocating for their place in the natural world, with the white shark being at the top of her list.
Costa holds a bachelor of arts degree in Biology and Marine Science from Northeastern University.