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John Carey

Affiliate Faculty


  • Senior Executive Program, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
  • Executive Leadership and Management Program, Federal Executive Institute
  • MA Political Science, Ohio State University, Columbus
  • BS History and Education, Pennsylvania State University

John Carey served as the sustainability coordinator for the University of Hawai'i Sea Grant College Program (UH Sea Grant) for 12 years where he was involved in a broad range of activities directed at encouraging the acceptance of the principles of sustainability in coastal communities. He was instrumental in the creation of the UH Sea Grant Center for Smart Building and Community Design and is currently involved in helping to guide the development of the new Center for Sustainable Coastal Tourism. He brings this expertise to the national level by serving as a member of the National Sea Grant Focus Team which addresses sustainable coastal development.

At the University of Hawai'i, Carey has promoted the development of case studies in sustainability for incorporation into the UH curriculum. The case studies focus on climate, water, energy, coastal ecology and fisheries.

Carey now serves as UH Sea Grant affiliate faculty and resides in Easton, Maryland where he represents UH Sea Grant’s interests on the east coast.

Carey earned his bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and has his master's degree in political science from the Ohio State University. He is also a graduate of the Senior Executive Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Carey is retired from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he served as Comptroller, Deputy and Assistant Administrator for Ocean.

Contact Information

(808) 956-7031
(808) 956-3014

2525 Correa Road, HIG #238 Honolulu, HI 96822