Lori Arguelles

Director of Policy Engagement


1201 New York Ave NW, Suite 400

Washington, D.C. 20005

As COMPASS' Director of Policy Engagement, I lead our work to connect scientists to decision makers in the United States, bridging the worlds of science and policy and supporting scientists to engage.


Prior to joining COMPASS, I served as the President & CEO of the Alice Ferguson Foundation. My 25 years of experience in executive management, public relations, and government relations included positions such as Vice President of Media and policy strategy for the marine conservation non-profit organization SeaWeb, founding President and CEO of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Director of Communications for Girl Scouts of the USA, and Director of Public and Constituent Affairs for the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


I started my professional career as a radio reporter, and worked for several local and national outlets as an anchor, reporter, and producer. I also served as press secretary for two members of congress. I received my undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism and political science from Northern Arizona University and my MA in public communication from American University.

I like to travel, read, and practice yoga. When I'm not working, you can find me enjoying time with my family exploring woodlands, wetlands and waterways. 

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