John Bullard

National Marine Fisheries Service
Regional Administrator, Northeast Regional Office 


John K. Bullard was named the Regional Administrator for NOAA’s Northeast Regional Office on July 2, 2012. As the Administrator, Mr. Bullard is responsible for administering NOAA programs for the management of living marine resources from Canada to Cape Hatteras. In this capacity, Mr. Bullard directs NOAA Fisheries’ programs in support of responsible international and domestic fisheries management in the Northeast Region. He also guides multidisciplinary research programs to provide scientific and technical information necessary to manage living marine resources and to support the information requirements and decision making processes of the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils.

A native of New Bedford, Massachusetts, with a lifelong interest in the ocean, Mr. Bullard joined NOAA Fisheries following his retirement at the end of June as the President of the Massachusetts-based Sea Education Association. 

From 1993 to 1998, Mr. Bullard was a member of the Clinton administration in Washington, D.C., where he led NOAA’s first federal Office of Sustainable Development and Intergovernmental Affairs. There, he created programs to assist fishing families in New England, the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Northwest, and Alaska, and around the nation, advised communities on sustainable development, and helped set policy for aquaculture.  He also worked on the President's Council on Sustainable Development developing policies to unite the goals of economic opportunity, environmental health, and social equity.  Following federal service, Mr. Bullard completed a fellowship at Harvard's Institute of Politics.

From 1986 to 1992, Mr. Bullard was mayor of the City of New Bedford, Massachusetts. During his three terms he introduced community policing, recycling, AIDS prevention, and other programs. He encouraged UMass Dartmouth to build the Center for Marine Science and Technology in New Bedford, which is now known as SMAST. 

Mr. Bullard earned his Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude at Harvard in 1969. He received both a Master of Architecture and a Master of City Planning from M.I.T. in 1974. He has lectured widely and received numerous awards including an Honorary Master of Public Service from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.