Board of Directors Biographies

Dr. Brock B. Bernstein

Dr. Martin Hall

Suzanne Iudicello Martley

Dr. Ruth Gates

Brad Matsen

Thane Tienson

Brad Warren

Terry Williams

Mark Gleason

Dr. Brock B. Bernstein, President

National Fisheries Conservation Center 

Dr. Brock Bernstein is an independent consultant and environmental scientist with broad experience in designing and evaluating environmental programs, structuring management and research initiatives, and developing policy. He has field research experience in a range of coastal and oceanic environments and has also worked on a wide variety of management and policy issues. These include 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 recently 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 is 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 has 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 has 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 has 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 has successfully managed complex multidisciplinary projects, including challenging policy analyses, program evaluations, and program startups. His experience has 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.

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.

Dr. Ruth Gates

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.

Brad Matsen

Independent writer and photographer

From 1985 to 1997 Brad Matsen was a senior editor of National Fisherman Magazine, where he wrote widely on fishery management and policy issues. Prior to his tenure at National Fisherman, he wrote, published, and/or edited several other magazines, including Alaska Fisherman’s Journal and Alaska Health Quarterly. Mr. Matsen has also worked as a charter pilot, commercial fishermen, and a merchant seaman, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He has published several books, including Planet Ocean, Faces of Fishing, and, most recently, Fishing up North. Mr. Matsen has written several documentary film scripts for National Geographic and other studios. Mr. Matsen’s personal experience and long history of reporting on the fishing industry give him a unique insight into forces that shape current fisheries issues. He is currently a Peace Corps volunteer in the South Pacific.

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 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

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

Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers

Mark Gleason is the Executive Director of the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers, a trade association representing 70% of the Bering Sea crab fleet. He 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 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.