As Executive Director, Tobias sets the conservation vision and organizational strategy for FishWise. His work with retail industry executives, trade associations, and NGO leaders, seeks to build a collaborative approach to conservation that results in effective business and improved environmental performance. To that end, Tobias serves on many advisory bodies and committees, including the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation’s Environmental Stakeholder Committee, the Food Marketing Institute’s Sustainable Seafood Committee Advisory Council, the Steering Committee of the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions, and Fair Trade USA’s Fisheries Advisory Council. Drawing from these diverse multi-stakeholder efforts, Tobias develops innovative solutions for FishWise business partners, while forging new ground in the complex world of seafood sustainability. He is also a frequent speaker at leading industry events, such as FMI’s Sustainability Summit and the International Boston Seafood Show. Tobias holds degrees from Stanford University and UCSD’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, where he specialized in nonprofit management and business strategy and was named a Schoepflin Fellow for his work on sustainable fisheries.
As the Traceability Division Director, Mariah works to create tools that help FishWise partners, and the larger seafood industry, reduce and ultimately eliminate illegal seafood products and unfair labor practices from supply chains, while ensuring all seafood is traceable back to its origins. Mariah is a frequent speaker at global industry events, participates on expert panels and working groups, and has been named a leader in her field. Mariah’s background in science, business engagement, and supply chain logistics allow her to add a unique perspective to these conversations. Mariah has a Masters in Marine Science from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and a Bachelor of Science from the Florida Institute of Technology. Previously, she has worked in academia, government, and education, monitored west coast fish stocks at sea, and informed community-based MPAs in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Her published work focuses on shark conservation, stable isotope analysis, and trophic ecology of fishes. Mariah’s network and ability to identify solutions that both create lasting change while making good business sense allow her to address some of the largest challenges facing our oceans.
As Retail Division Director, Meghan oversees FishWise’s North American retail business engagement, including partnerships with Target Corporation (1900+ stores), Hy-Vee (240+ stores), and Albertsons Companies, Inc. (2200+ stores), which operates under 18 banners across the United States. Meghan is responsible for establishing retail partnerships and developing ambitious, yet achievable, industry-leading sustainable seafood policies. Collaborating with government agencies, NGOs, and the seafood industry, Meghan monitors global seafood sustainability issues and conducts in-depth seafood supply chain evaluations to help buyers and industry executives make informed purchasing decisions. With this perspective, Meghan serves on the Food Marketing Institute’s Seafood Strategy Advisory Committee. Meghan holds a Bachelors of Science degree in biological sciences from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a Masters of Science degree in coastal and watershed science and policy from CSU Monterey Bay. Prior to FishWise, Meghan worked as a state biologist for both the California and Oregon Departments of Fish and Wildlife, where she conducted recreational fishing surveys within California and monitored rockfish populations for the network of Southern Oregon Marine Reserves.
Bill oversees FishWise’s engagement with seafood distributors who represent a critical and under-represented link in the middle of the value chain. He manages existing distributor partnerships, is responsible for establishing new partnerships, and works with FishWise’s retail partners to incorporate novel product categories into their responsible sourcing commitments. In 2007, Bill graduated from Flinders University in South Australia with a Bachelor of Technology in aquaculture. In 2008 Bill completed the Management and Business Track program at UC Berkeley with a concentration in Business Administration and Marketing. Having developed a passion for marine environments and all that they offer growing up in Sydney, he has worked in a number of ‘hands-on’ positions within the seafood supply chain over the last decade including jobs related to production, processing, sales (retail and wholesale) and responsible sourcing.
As Project Director, Aurora leads multi-stakeholder initiatives to improve business practices that protect human and labor rights within the seafood industry. Her cross-sector engagement strategy brings human rights, labor, and trafficking experts into the world of seafood sustainability. Uniting expertise from representatives of companies, governments, and civil society, this work charts a new course for a truly responsible seafood industry via collaboration, development of new tools, and promotion of best practices. Aurora is a frequent speaker at industry events, presenting North American NGO and industry perspectives on illegal fishing and human rights issues. Her work also integrates social responsibility into seafood sourcing recommendations and traceability improvements, providing awareness and guidance to FishWise partners. Aurora’s interest in human rights began while treating the ill and injured as an Emergency Medical Technician in Monterey County. Aurora earned a master’s degree in marine science from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and a bachelor’s degree in marine biology from University of California, Santa Cruz. Aurora also managed international partnerships and implemented large-scale restoration projects to protect native island species in The Bahamas, the Galapagos, and Palau. She currently volunteers as a Diver Medical Technician for the Pacific Grove Hyperbaric Chamber.
As a Project Director in the Traceability Division, Alanna works with FishWise partners and a diverse range of stakeholders to improve traceability and eliminate illegality in seafood supply chains. She represents FishWise in multi-stakeholder working groups and projects that seek to advance electronic interoperable traceability throughout the seafood industry. As part of this work, Alanna leads FishWise efforts to help standardize how key data elements for seafood products are recorded, requested, and shared throughout seafood supply chains. She also works closely with the FishWise Retail Division to incorporate traceability into seafood procurement policies and recommendations for FishWise retail partners. Alanna holds a Bachelor of Science in environmental systems and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from U.C. San Diego, and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University. She conducted her graduate research in the Spermonde Archipelago in Indonesia, where she evaluated the scalability of marine ornamental mariculture as an alternative livelihood strategy for artisanal fishing communities.
As Project Director, Ashley leads the FishWise partnership with the Albertsons Companies, Inc. (2200+ stores), which operates in over 18 banners across the United States. As the Albertsons lead, Ashley works closely with the seafood director and Corporate Social Responsibility team at Albertsons to implement a company-wide sustainable seafood program. Drawing support from her FishWise colleagues, Ashley provides guidance to Albertsons on key issues related to fisheries, aquaculture, supply chain traceability, and human rights. Within FishWise, Ashley also acts as the species lead for farmed salmon, informing retailer partners of innovative products that address key environmental issues in salmon farming, such as antibiotic use and disease risk. Prior to FishWise, Ashley worked closely with a fishing community in Baja California, Mexico, on a collaborative project with Stanford University and the Mexican NGO Comunidad y Biodiversidad (COBI). Ashley holds a Masters in Science from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and obtained a BS in aquatic biology from UC Santa Barbara.
As Project Director, Sara works closely with the Traceability Division Director to research, develop, and assess traceability tools and best practices. Sara assists in the development of reports and recommendations for FishWise partners and other members of the seafood industry, suggesting viable options for improving product traceability, and ridding seafood supply chains of illegally caught and mislabeled seafood products. She also leads FishWise’s engagement on the Presidential Task Force for Combatting IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud. Sara holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and two masters degrees in environmental studies from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and the University of California, Santa Cruz respectively. Her academic and professional pursuits have provided Sara with ample opportunity to work with members of government, the conservation community, and the seafood industry internationally, giving her a diverse and unique perspective on marine sustainability issues globally.
As Project Director, Ethan leads the Sea Delight distributor partnership and tackles FishWise research needs for fishery improvement projects (FIPs). Ethan became involved in wild capture fisheries at a young age on Cape Cod and later transitioned his focus towards marine conservation. Ethan holds a Bachelor of Science in aquaculture and fisheries technology from the University of Rhode Island and a Master of Marine Affairs from the School of Marine Affairs at the University of Washington. During graduate school Ethan used experience in community-based coastal resource management gained as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines to help establish a large-scale, no-take marine protected area on Danajon Bank Double Barrier Reef in Bohol, Philippines. Additional experience in marine science education, NAUI scuba instruction, and marine policy development with NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch Program as a Sea Grant Knauss Fellow have contributed to Ethan’s strong interdisciplinary background that integrates rigorous theoretical understanding with practical on-the-ground experience.
As Project Director, Elsie leads the work with tuna and with data systems. Collaborating with NGOs and the seafood industry, Elsie monitors global tuna issues and develops and implements strategies for FishWise business partners to improve tuna conservation in their supply chains. With the data team, Elsie designs systems to monitor the sustainability performance of our partners. Elsie also facilitates data collaboration with NGOs to streamline processes and enable a wider use of data to support broader sustainability goals and metrics. Being fluent in Indonesian, she is also a great asset to engaging with fishery improvements projects in the Indo-Pacific region. Elsie graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology and a minor in Asian American studies from University of California Santa Barbara. She holds a master’s degree in marine science from Moss Landing Marine Lab where she did research focused on ocean acidification. With research and environmental conservation experiences across the United States, Costa Rica, Indonesia, and Mexico, Elsie integrates a multi-cultural perspective into her knowledge and understanding of human and ocean interactions.
As Senior Project Manager, Scott works closely with FishWise retail and distributor partners on program implementation, sourcing support, and data collection. He is closely involved with the Albertsons Companies, Inc partnership, and also leads grant funding programs in fisheries and aquaculture improvement for Santa Monica Seafood and Sea Pact. After earning a BA in environmental studies with a focus on conservation from the University of California, Santa Cruz, Scott went on to work in abalone aquaculture for several years gaining insight into the dynamics of relationships between producers, distributors, and retailers, as well as experience in the field of sustainable aquaculture. He has also worked in retail seafood markets and restaurants, providing valuable experience at the end point of the seafood supply chain. Scott has been an avid fisherman, diver, and ocean enthusiast since a young age. His life long passions for the outdoors, marine conservation, and ecology, as well as his diverse work experience, make him well equipped to implement positive change within the seafood industry.
As Senior Project Manager, Kathleen leads the FishWise major retailer partnerships with Target Corporation (1,700+ stores) and Hy-Vee, Inc. (240 stores). For each partnership, Kathleen works closely with the seafood procurement team and corporate social responsibility team to develop and implement ambitious, industry-leading sustainable seafood programs. Kathleen advises retailers on product sourcing, staff training programs, point-of-sale marketing materials, and policy and advocacy initiatives. Within FishWise, Kathleen also provides strategic communication support for FishWise’s global tuna conservation work. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies from U.C. Santa Cruz and a Master of Advanced Studies in marine biodiversity and conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, with a focus on international tuna fisheries management. Prior to joining FishWise, Kathleen was a marine science educator in San Diego.
As Project Manager, Jen researches and develops initiatives to improve business practices that protect human and labor rights within the seafood industry. Jen attended Stanford University, where she earned both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in biology, with focuses on marine ecology and social-ecological systems, respectively. Jen’s interest in ocean conservation stems from her childhood in Guam where she would snorkel and fish with her family. Her interest in sustainable fishing grew when she researched the social-ecological systems of small-scale wetfish fisheries in the Monterey Bay with the Center for Ocean Solutions. Jen also worked as an analyst at the Center for Effective Philanthropy where she advised foundations on how to maximize the effectiveness of their giving and relationships with grantees. Jen’s academic experience in marine conservation and professional role working with foundations have given her an interdisciplinary perspective to creating change in the field of conservation. She brings this cross-sector and collaborative focus to her work with human rights and sustainability in the seafood industry.
As Project Manager, Rachael researches and develops recommendations for seafood businesses to improve seafood traceability and combat illegal fishing. Rachael holds two bachelor’s degrees from Arizona State University in conservation biology and English and a master’s degree from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in international environmental policy. Before joining the FishWise team, Rachael worked as an environmental health specialist for food safety in the Southwest. She is a Registered Sanitarian in the State of Arizona and with the National Environmental Health Association. With her academic experience in marine conservation and professional role in seafood safety, Rachael is well prepared to take on the challenges of sustainable seafood.
As Project Manager, Caroline provides support for the Albertsons Companies partnership. She attended Stanford University, where she earned both her BA in human biology, with a concentration in human interactions with the ocean, and her MS in earth systems, with a concentration in marine science and conservation. Her research on ocean acidification and biological oceanography has taken her to all seven continents and many small island nations, where she has witnessed firsthand the direct social and environmental costs of unsustainable fishing. At an early age, Caroline developed a passion for marine life, and her interdisciplinary training in policy, science, and ethics has equipped her to work with industry leaders to create a more sustainable future for our oceans.
As Project Manager, Lindsay supports the Traceability Division by developing tools to improve seafood traceability, eliminate illegally harvested products from supply chains, and facilitate discussions between key players to find solutions to these global challenges. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Marine Science from Eckerd College, Lindsay worked for the state of Florida researching harmful algal blooms in Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. She received her Masters of Professional Science degree with a concentration in marine conservation from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in Marine Affairs and Policy. While there, she conducted field work tagging sharks with UM’s Shark Research and Conservation Program. Lindsay also was a Marine Conservation Institute Ocean Policy Fellow, during which time she worked to pass illegal fishing legislation through Congress. Her ability to marry science, policy, and effective communication makes Lindsay well prepared for the challenges that come with ensuring a more sustainable future for our oceans.
As Project Manager, Traci develops tools to improve seafood traceability and combat illegal fishing and human rights violations.Â She leads the communications for the Traceability Division, crafting the Division’s blogs, social media content, and messaging. Traci holds a bachelor’s degree in biology with a focus in ecology from UC San Diego, and a master’s degree in biology with a focus in marine ecology from UC San Diego / Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Traci has been conducting fisheries and aquatic research for over ten years, spanning from mariculture studies in Costa Rica to working on large-scale fisheries conservation projects in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. She also has experience in policy work surrounding aquatic resource management and communicating both policy and scientific research to the general public. Traci’s experience in both science and policy has shown her the importance of strong communication and collaboration for effective ocean resource management.
As a Project Manager, Meg provides support to FishWise retailer partners, manages sourcing information, in addition to developing and implementing training programs. Her work facilitates the implementation and maintenance of retailers’ environmentally responsible seafood programs in addition to providing consumers with the tools to make informed purchasing choices. Meg holds a Bachelor of Science in anthropology and environmental studies as well as a Bachelor of Science in liberal studies with concentrations in natural sciences, social sciences, and fine art from Iowa State University. Upon graduation from university, Meg spent several years as a naturalist and marine science instructor on Catalina Island, California. While teaching in Stonington, Connecticut, Meg made interpersonal relationships with local commercial fishermen and incorporated their insights into hands-on marine science lesson plans. These experiences as an environmental educator served as Meg’s introductions to marine ecosystems and also point to the root of her commitment to marine conservation. Meg’s deep-seated passions for education, ecology and understanding human behavior make her well equipped to cultivate heightened awareness and action within the seafood industry.
As Project Manager, Cora develops guidance to support the seafood industry’s efforts to address human and labor rights issues in the seafood supply chain. Cora holds an MBA and Masters of Public Policy with a focus in ocean conservation from Mills College, as well as a Masters of Social Work from Columbia University. Prior to joining the team at FishWise, Cora interned with various conservation organizations including Conservation International, Hawaii, and Oceana’s California program, where she helped to develop sustainable fishing gear plans, as well as understand policy, cultural and social landscapes impacting community adoption of a recreational fishing license system in Hawaii. Cora has a long-standing commitment to addressing social well-being issues for populations and communities impacted by poverty, and brings a people-centered lens to her work in sustainable fishing.
As Project Manager, Erin works closely with the Distributor Division Director to research, co-develop, and execute innovative and collaborative workstreams with seafood distributors. Erin is responsible for providing support to both new and existing partnerships that aim to enable these critically important mid-supply chain actors to become leaders. She graduated summa cum laude from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Analysis and Policy and a minor concentration in Business Administration and Management. Before joining the FishWise team, Erin was a wild fisheries specialist for the New England Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Program, where she advised large companies on a diverse array of seafood sustainability issues, including traceability, policy, certifications, fisheries improvement, and environmental risks, particularly for Alaskan and Russian fisheries. Erin’s multidisciplinary background in science, policy, and business and experience forming cooperative relationships with seafood industry members have given her the tools needed to tackle seafood sustainability’s multifaceted challenges.
As Project Manager, James collaborates with our business and conservation partners to develop cross-sectoral initiatives to address human rights and labor issues in the seafood industry. James holds a Bachelor of Arts in general science with a focus in ecology from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Arts from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in international environmental policy. His interest in sustainable fisheries grew from his experience working in wetlands conservation in Kenya and China. Previously, James led studies in China and Taiwan on the Chinese and Taiwanese distant water fishing fleets and their activities in the Indian Ocean region. James has also worked with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) guiding research and discussions on marine and freshwater protected areas at the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department. As a result, James brings a unique blend of field and policy experience in fisheries to FishWise’s work.
As Database Manager, Nat builds and maintains the data systems of FishWise. These systems facilitate the organization and analyzing of sustainability data and provide reporting tools for FishWise partnerships. As well, Nat is involved with larger data integration projects with NGOs to streamline sustainability reporting and ease the data collection burden on industry partners. Nat graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2004 with a Bachelors of Science in marine biology. During and after college, he was employed as a software engineer and then transitioned into data management as a career, working in the biotechnology industry. Coming full circle with his education, Nat landed at FishWise, managing its data systems. His mix of ocean biology education and professional experience in data management provide a unique perspective and skill set, well-suited to support FishWise’s mission.
As Office Manager, Brooke is responsible for leading, implementing and delivering human resources programs and services that support and sustain a high performance culture, providing strategic, operational, and administrative expertise, in addition to providing financial oversight and assisting executive management with financial strategies and policies supporting business objectives and the FishWise mission. Prior to FishWise, Brooke managed an independently owned natural food store in Aptos, CA, overseeing all operations, and held positions in customer service at Netscape Inc., and human resources at SugarCRM in Silicon Valley. She is a key contributor to FishWise’s ability to adeptly manage client needs, rapidly identifying and resolving challenges of all kinds by developing and implementing practical and focused solutions.
As an Office Assistant, Tarah provides general support to the FishWise staff. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of California Santa Cruz in marine biology and is looking to pursue a master’s degree in sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. During her undergraduate studies, Tarah spent time in South Africa studying the reproduction of a native benthic fish, of which little was previously known. Since graduating college, Tarah managed development and performed data analysis for a non-profit working to implement more sustainable methods of farming seafood, as well as educate communities about sustainable and safe fishing practices. That experience, combined with her recent experience as an Intern at FishWise, has prepared her for her position as Office Assistant. Tarah is taking graduate courses at Moss Landing Marine Labs and is excited to pursue her role in the realm of marine conservation and sustainable seafood, both through her education and her contributions to FishWise.