As the Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Fisheries, Drew Lawler engages in high-level development and coordination of NOAA international fisheries policy and fisheries bilateral meetings with foreign nations, along with other stakeholder activities and meetings. He provides general policy guidance on various aspects of NOAA’s international fisheries work, such as sustainable management of fisheries, the protection of marine resources, and ensuring U.S. fishing vessels’ access to marine resources on the high seas, working closely with Chris Oliver, the NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator.
Mr. Lawler’s career in international trade began 30 years ago when he launched the first of three magazines to help U.S. companies grow their exports and global footprint. As publisher and CEO for these magazines, his business travels took him throughout Europe and Asia as he established networks for worldwide distribution. In addition, Mr. Lawler was a publisher for a saltwater sportfishing magazine for 15 years, and he launched a saltwater fishing trade show that is now in its tenth year. Concurrently, Mr. Lawler’s interest in agriculture led him to launch a media company that serves America’s cattle ranchers.
Mr. Lawler is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in public relations from the Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism. He has served on a number of boards and is currently on the Board of Trustees at Northrise University in Zambia.