Board of Directors Biographies

Dr. Martin Hall

Suzanne Iudicello Martley

Thane Tienson

Brad Warren

Terry Williams

Mark Gleason

Samuel Chen

Jessica Hathaway

In Memoriam

Dr. Brock B. Bernstein

Dr. Ruth Gates

Dr. Dayton (Lee) Alverson

Dr. Martin Hall, Head, Tuna-Dolphin Program

Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission

Dr. Hall has been the head of the Tuna-Dolphin Program of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission since 1984. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia. He has performed original research on dolphin behavior related to bycatch in tuna nets, and his findings have been used in developing methods to reduce dolphin bycatch. Dr. Hall has also been directly involved in developing and implementing national policy on the tuna-dolphin issue. He has published widely in the peer-reviewed literature on tuna-dolphin issues and has presented papers at numerous scientific and management conferences.

Suzanne Iudicello Martley

Iudicello & Assoc. Consulting

After more than  20 years experience in ocean policy, sustainability, and resource management in Alaska and Washington D.C., Iudicello has for more than 15 years served as an environmental consultant to conservation and fishing organizations, government agencies, and foundations, recently specializing in catch shares and community-based fishery management, environmental program assessment and evaluation, and federal fishery management.

Currently, she is project co-manager and one of a multi-disciplinary team of investigators on a five-year project sponsored by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to measure the effects of catch shares in two U.S. fisheries.

The goal of the Measuring the Effects of Catch Shares Project is to provide a set of neutral, scientific indicators that can be used by fisheries managers, fishermen, and other interested parties to determine how groundfish catch shares have affected fishing communities, fishing businesses, and fish stocks of the northeast and west coast. Using a web-based, interactive dashboard, the project reports status and trends for a variety of indicators that answer key questions linked to goals and objectives of the catch share program.

Iudicello has worked with clients to improve strategic communications, advocate for policy change, document changes in marine biodiversity, analyze policy at the regional, national, and global level, and learn from experience, case studies, workshops, and practice.

Her areas of expertise include policy analysis, project management, legislative and regulatory analysis and advocacy at the state and national level, environmental impact assessment, and environmental conflict resolution. She has worked for the Alaska legislature and Alaska Governor’s Washington, D.C. office, and with national advocacy groups on reauthorizations of major U.S. environmental legislation. Iudicello has extensive strategic planning, non-profit governance, stakeholder engagement, and communications experience. A recognized marine policy writer, she has authored three books, many publications, contributed to numerous journals, magazines and newspapers. As a lawyer, her work has emphasized finding collaborative solutions to resource management issues by engaging stakeholders in problem solving rather than litigation. She is listed on the roster of practitioners of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution. See her recent paper Iudicello, Warren & Stump. 2013. Magnuson Act: The Law That’s Saving American Fisheries. View Iudicello’s CV. See table of relevant Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning projects.

Thane Tienson, Partner

Landye Bennett Blumstein

Thane Tienson is a Portland attorney best known in fisheries circles for his work on salmon issues. When Senator Mark Hatfield convened the Salmon Summit, an effort to break the impasse between Columbia River water users and fisheries advocates, Tienson became one of the core group who attended every meeting, trying to hammer out a compromise. Later, on behalf of Columbia River fishermen and conservation groups, he won an often-quoted federal court ruling that required sweeping changes in the way dams are operated to protect salmon. During the early 1990s Tienson also handled several influential cases regarding sexual harassment at sea, helping to improve standards for women aboard fishing and processing vessels. In early 1998, on behalf of several Northwest conservation groups, Tienson negotiated a landmark water quality settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency, compelling the agency to consider cumulative impacts when issuing permits for new water pollution sources in Washington State.

Brad Warren, Director of NFCC/Global Ocean Health program

National Fisheries Conservation Center (NFCC)

Brad Warren is Director of NFCC and its flagship program, Global Ocean Health.  The GOH program works to help the seafood industry and coastal communities protect fishery resources from ocean acidification and other consequences of pollution. Brad was editor of Pacific Fishing for eight years, and he wrote for National Fisherman for 16 years before that. Challenged by the publishers to develop a strategy for reducing fisheries bycatch, in 1994 he launched NFCC, with support from industry, conservation groups, and NOAA. Brad has published extensively on fisheries and marine resource management, as well as the role of business in addressing environmental and social problems. During the early 1990s he worked as research director for Corporate Philanthropy Report, producing several books, conferences and articles on corporate social policy, and as a consulting writer and researcher for Business in the Community, a thinktank in London. 

Terry Williams, Natural Resources and Treaty Rights Commissioner

Tulalip Tribes

Terry Williams has served since 1982 as a Fisheries, Natural Resources, and Treaty Rights Office Commissioner for the Tulalip Tribes, in Marysville, Washington. Since 1985, he has also served on the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) and the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, and since 1997 he has been a member of the Pacific Salmon Commission.

He was the director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s American Indian Environmental Office in 1995-96, and served as chair of the Tribal Committee of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Committee in 2003-04. In 1997, the Secretary for Policy and International Affairs Office of the U.S. Department of the Interior-appointed Williams to represent Indigenous peoples on the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. He served in 1985-95 on the Puget Sound Water Quality Authority, Williams has received the Washington State Environmental Award and the Seventh Generation Legacy Award for his work, and he was a finalist for the Buffett Award for Indigenous Leadership in 2004.

In 2011, he was appointed in 2009 to the Governor’s Cap and Trade Committee, he was appointed to a federal committee to develop the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy. In 2012, he served on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Ocean Acidification, the Department of Agriculture National Genetic Resources Advisory Council, and the National Ocean Council Puget Sound Task Force. He has been active for the past 20 years on climate change and adaptation issues concerning Tribal trust resources.

Mark Gleason

Mark Gleason & Associates

Mark Gleason has testified on IUU issues for U.S.  Senate hearings and is an advisor on illegal Russian crab to the US Departments of State & Commerce. His recent work has focused on bridging the gap between the seafood industry and environmental groups to find common ground.  Prior to his current position, Mark was the Executive Director for the Bering Sea Crabbers Association, the government affairs representative for a Seattle-based fishing company, a Sea Grant Fellow in the U.S. Senate, and a commercial fisherman in Alaska, Washington, and California for 14 years.   He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Earth Systems, Science and Policy from California State University, Monterey Bay and his Masters in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington’s School of Marine Affairs.

Samuel Chen, Independent Aquaculture Consultant

Hudson Valley Fish Farms

Over the past 5 years, Samuel Chen has lead the development of Hudson Valley Fish Farms, one of the first commercial land-based recirculating farms in North America. During this time, he has had the opportunity to evaluate numerous aquaculture facilities from net-pens to the full range of closed-containment farms. In his role, Samuel has been in charge of business development, marketing, sales, regulatory affairs, and HR. His draw to the business has been the opportunity to combine his passion for science, food and business to grow wildly delicious seafood.

Prior to entering into the aquaculture field, he was an independent consultant with deep expertise in Organizational Development and Corporate Strategy. He has led transformational initiatives from inception through to sustainment and has a wide base of experience from public sector, municipal government through to education.

Jessica Hathaway, Editor in Chief

National Fisherman

Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman, a monthly trade publication for the U.S. commercial fishing industry, as well as its subsidiary products,, Fish eNews and North Pacific Focus, a quarterly fishing trade publication for the West Coast and Alaska. She has been covering the commercial fishing industry as a journalist and editor for 12 years, worked in maritime publishing for the better part of two decades, and serves on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Communications Committee.

In Memoriam

Dr. Brock B. Bernstein, President from January 1996 – January 2018

National Fisheries Conservation Center 

Dr. Brock Bernstein was an independent consultant and environmental scientist with broad experience in designing and evaluating environmental programs, structuring management and research initiatives, and developing policy. He had field research experience in a range of coastal and oceanic environments and also worked on a wide variety of management and policy issues. These included the redesign of core compliance monitoring programs for major regional management efforts, the evaluation and/or development of large-scale advocacy and assessment programs, methods to improve fisheries management, and the development of large-scale information management strategies. For example, for state agencies he led a complex policy analysis of options for decommissioning oil and gas platforms offshore California, and evaluated the effectiveness of California’s ocean observing systems in meeting state decision needs.

Dr. Bernstein was also the President of the National Fisheries Conservation Center (NFCC), a unique nonprofit, founded in 1994, that supports collaborative efforts to improve marine resource management and conservation. It focuses on problems where progress is impeded by controversy and polarized discourse, or by lack of access to helpful information and tools. Its mission is to improve fisheries conservation and management by serving as an honest broker and arbitrator within the fisheries community. The NFCC is a catalyst for change with a remarkable track record for forging agreement between traditional opponents and others.

After graduating from Claremont Men’s College in 1972, Dr. Bernstein earned his PhD in Biological Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (1977). He authored approximately 70 peer-reviewed publications and made more than 60 presentations at scientific and technical conferences on topics including major program evaluations, environmental study design, data analysis, database development, resource management and regulatory policy, the design of collaborative efforts, facilitation and mediation, and organizational change. He also presented findings and recommendations to high-level managers and decision makers in both state and local government and the private sector.

A skilled negotiator, good listener, and articulate counsel, Dr. Bernstein worked all over North America as a project manager, program reviewer, forum chair, workshop lead, and facilitator for municipal, county, state, regional, and federal governments; philanthropic institutions; conservation groups; and universities. He successfully managed complex multidisciplinary projects, including challenging policy analyses, program evaluations, and program startups. His experience led to his appointment to many technical advisory and review committees, including several National Academy of Sciences panels. One panel recommended improvements in marine monitoring nationwide and another examined alternatives for improving the governance and management systems used to manage coastal and ocean resources. View his CV. See a piece written in his memory here.

Dr. Ruth Gates, Research Professor

Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology & Oceanography

Ruth completed her PhD at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in England in 1990.  She subsequently spent 13 years at UCLA as a postdoctoral and junior researcher before moving to the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, a research unit within the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she is currently a tenured Research Professor. Here, she leverages the combination of close proximity to coral reefs and world-class research infrastructure to address questions on how corals and reefs function.  Her work crosses spatial scales from molecules to ecosystems and employs tools from the fields of molecular, cell and computational biology, biochemistry, physiology and ecology. Ruth’s goal is to build human, biological, and educational capacity to slow and stop declines in reef integrity and improve the prognosis for coral reefs in the face of intensifying impacts from climate change and human use. She mentors postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduates and has a diversity of national and international collaborators that encompass engineers, artists and film producers. Her research has been showcased on film, television, in print and on radio, and Ruth recently won an international competition  (Paul Allen Ocean Challenge: Mitigating Impacts of Ocean Acidification) for her idea to use assisted evolution to breed corals capable of withstanding future ocean conditions. Ruth is an editor for the scientific journals Coral Reefs and Ocean Acidification and is currently on the Advisory Boards of The Tetiaroa Society and The Moorea Coral Reef Long Term Ecological Research Site. Read more about Ruth in this article honoring her. 

Dr. Dayton (Lee) Alverson

Natural Resources Consultants

Dr. Alverson was the owner and chairman of the board of Natural Resources Consultants, Inc., a Seattle, WA consulting firm specializing in fisheries stock assessment, data analysis, and policy. Dr. Alverson authored more than 100 scientific and technical articles ranging in subject matter from opportunities for development of new U.S. fisheries to theoretical considerations in modeling fish populations. Prior to starting Natural Resources Consultants, he held a variety of academic positions at the University of Washington, served as the director of the Northwest and Alaska Fisheries Center, and was a special assistant to the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries at the National Marine Fisheries Service.

In addition to these positions, Dr. Alverson had numerous special assignments, including as an advisor to the U.S. Department of State during treaty negotiations, as a delegate to the Law of the Sea Conference in 1971, and as chief of staff of the U.S. delegation to U.S./Canada salmon negotiations. He also served on several fisheries commissions and on National Academy of Sciences committees investigating fisheries issues. Read a tribute to Lee written by NFCC’s Executive Director Brad Warren here.