Evan T. Bloom is Director of the Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. where he supervises a wide range of issues related to oceans policy, the Arctic and Antarctica. These include freedom of navigation and law of the sea, marine conservation and protected areas, marine science, and International Maritime Organization regulatory matters.
He was the Department’s attorney-adviser who helped establish the Arctic Council in 1998, and he currently supervises the Department’s efforts supporting the U.S. chairmanship of the Council. He co-chaired the Arctic Council Science Cooperation Task Force which successfully negotiated the new Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation. He is U.S. head of delegation to the annual meetings of parties to the Antarctic Treaty and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, as well as the UN negotiations related to a new instrument on high seas biodiversity.
He led U.S. efforts to successfully establish in 2016 the world’s largest marine protected area, in Antarctica’s Ross Sea. He joined the State Department in 1991 and spent much of his career in the Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser. Before that, he was in private practice in Washington and Tokyo. He attended Princeton University (A.B.) and Columbia Law School (JD). He is a member of the federal Senior Executive Service and the Council on Foreign Relations.