Brad Warren, Director
Brad Warren grew up picking mussels off the rocks for picnics with his family and listening to his grandparents’ bittersweet recollections of fishing and home-canning Columbia River salmon. “By the time I was a kid, a lot of those mussels and salmon were gone. I guess you could say we found out why habitat matters.”
After more than 25 years as a fisheries journalist and consultant, in 2007 Brad founded Global Ocean Health, originally a joint ocean acidification (OA) initiative of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership and the National Fisheries Conservation Center. Now solely a program of NFCC, it helps seafood producers, resource-dependent communities and scientists to understand OA, document its consequences, and protect fishery resources and ecosystems.
Brad proposed and served on Washington State’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification, the first comprehensive initiative to confront OA. That effort has helped to spur similar initiatives in other states, expanding public investment and capacity for OA research, monitoring, adaptation, and pollution reduction. Brad was appointed in 2013 to the newly formed Ocean Acidification International Reference User Group, an advisory body to multilateral agencies addressing OA.
Brad began working as a journalist covering fisheries and natural resource management in 1980. Among other publications, he was a correspondent and editor for National Fisherman from 1981 to 1996, and later became editor and publisher of Pacific Fishing (1996-2004). He has served as an advisor and consultant on resource management to the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization, and for industry, tribal, and conservation groups.
Brad can be reached at Brad@globaloceanhealth.org
Julia Sanders, Deputy Director
Julia’s earliest and fondest memories, and the source of her love of the ocean, is fishing with her dad in the Gulf of Mexico. She remembers the excitement of waking up with the sky still dark and heading for a boat; breathing in the salty air just as the sun rose across the water. Those trips were times of deep bonding with the sea.
In her youth, Julia moved from Florida to Seattle and continued to love being near the ocean. Early in her professional career, she went on to work for Pacific Fishing magazine, a commercial fishing trade publication. She was attracted to the tight-knit fishing community and became a member of the Norwegian Commercial Club. She saw first-hand the ties between fishery health and the economy and the livelihoods of many people and communities.
She then worked for Dockside magazine, which focused more on the recreational boating lifestyle. Seeing a need in the community, she moved on to focus on helping boating and fishing companies directly as a marketing consultant. In 2009, Brad Warren asked her to join Global Ocean Health in helping to fight ocean acidification. Since then, she has performed a spectrum of roles, including countless volunteer hours.
Julia is currently Editor of the Ocean Acidification Report, which reaches over 7,500 people in over 100 countries, and writes most of the content. She also oversees much of the day to day work of GOH, conducting projects, grant writing, and giving countless presentations on ocean acidification, sea level rise, and carbon policy. Julia is thrilled to see ocean acidification finally getting some major media attention, and is hopeful for the future of fisheries and those that rely on them. She has done contract work for the Ocean Conservancy, the Packard Foundation, and the Tulalip Tribes.
Julia can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
John Quigley, Ocean Media Advisor
John Quigley is an award-winning artist, producer, and activist. His unique mix of human installation and aerial photography brings together communities to create large-scale messages for the common good. He has created more than 200 Aerial Art images involving over 250,000 people on 7 continents.
In partnership with NFCC, for the last 8+ years, John coordinates Ocean Day for the California Coastal Commission. He brings school children to beaches across Southern California for beach clean ups and to spell out human aerial art ocean awareness messages. Read more about Ocean Day.
In 2009 he coordinated NFCC’s “SOS Acid Ocean” event, using hundreds of boats and kayaks to spell out a warning to the world (see the story under “Projects” tab). The resulting aerial image captured by helicopter appeared in media across the planet. John first introduced extreme aerial art in 2005 with ‘Arctic Wisdom,’ an image with Inuit on the sea ice off Baffin Island. This event generated coverage by media outlets around the world about global warming. A year later he followed with the “Antarctic SOS” from an iceberg off the Antarctic Peninsula.
His body of work has been profiled in the London Sunday Times Magazine and has appeared in hundreds of media outlets around the world including Time Magazine, The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, International Herald Tribune, Financial Times, French Geo, Le Monde, Stern, CNN, BBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, Origins, In Touch Magazine and others.
As an activist he was the subject of the documentary “Viaje Gloria” about his 71 day tree-sit to save the 400 year old ‘Old Glory’ oak tree that was featured at the prestigious Whitney Biennial 2004 in New York and he appeared in the Oscar nominated documentary “The Garden” about the struggle to save the South Central Farm in 2006.
Cynthia Blair, Bookkeeper
Cindy is a certified Quickbooks Pro Advisor with over 30 years experience providing accounting support for small businesses, as she does for NFCC. Based in Yelm, she regularly participates in Nisqually Land Trust river floats, hikes, and salmon bakes. She’s also an avid kayaker, rafter, hiker, and horseback trail rider. She lives in a log cabin on 5 acres with horses, chickens, geese, cats, and a dog. Cindy is involved with many non-profits, including Thurston County Hooved Animal Rescue, where she is often called in to rescue and foster abused horses. Cindy donates stays at her lovely Lake St Clair house to non-profit auctions, including NFCC’s. She first worked with Brad and Julia at Pacific Fishing magazine in the early 2000s, and is happy to be able to help them with making our oceans healthier and more abundant.
Roy Wilkie, Graphic Designer
Roy is a graphic designer and digital illustrator. He is responsible for all of NFCC’s graphic design work: from this website, to posters, cards, stickers, and other collateral materials. A talented designer both on and offline, Roy originally came to NFCC as a volunteer to assist with a website redesign. His skill was soon recognized and he was brought on board as the official graphic designer. He continues to volunteer at NFCC’s annual “Keep the Feast Coming” seafood benefit, and enjoys working for a good cause. Roy also recently worked as an Americorps volunteer with United Way of King County’s Free Summer Meals program.