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John Armor

John Armor serves as the Director of NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), which protects our nation’s special marine areas. In this capacity, he provides strategic vision for the program and overall policy direction.

John was originally hired into ONMS in June 2000 to serve as the program’s national permitting coordinator. In 2008, he became the chief of the program’s Conservation Policy and Planning Division overseeing all regulatory, planning, enforcement and emergency response functions of the program. In 2013, John was selected to become the ONMS deputy director where he oversaw all personnel, policy and administrative matters for the program.  

Prior to coming to NOAA, John worked for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in the Fort Myers regional office. There, he worked to implement the State of Florida’s wetland and estuarine protection and sovereign submerged lands programs. John has a B.S. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina, where he focused his course work on coastal ecology and phycology, and a M.S. in environmental science and policy from Johns Hopkins University. He is also a graduate of NOAA’s Leadership Competencies Development Program.  

A native of Portsmouth, RI, John grew up on the Narragansett Bay, where his love and respect for the power of the ocean and special marine places was born. He currently lives in Columbia, MD, with his partner Trish, and children Ian, Collin and Katy.