AMCC’s membership is comprised of diverse peoples dependent upon healthy ocean ecosystems and coastal communities. They are individuals and families who have a direct relationship with marine environments, including fishermen, subsistence harvesters, scientists, business owners, conservationists, and other coastal residents. AMCC’s mission is carried out by a Board of Directors who are all residents of Alaska and include coastal community leaders, fishermen, and others with diverse skills and backgrounds. Our Board and membership embody AMCC’s community-based, “boots on deck” approach to stewardship and sustainable economies, empowering community-based fishermen and ocean leaders as integral drivers of marine conservation.
Marissa was born in Homer and has commercial fished for halibut, sablefish, and salmon along Alaska's Gulf Coast since the age of fourteen. Her career in nonprofit work also began at that formative age and has included roles as an organizer, advocate, operations manager, and development director. She earned a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Washington, Seattle, and considers the cultural and spiritual value of wild harvest to be paramount in her wellness. The opportunity to merge her passion for community advocacy and her commitment to an ocean-dependent lifestyle was realized when she was inducted into AMCC's Board of Directors in 2013. Marissa is proud to have been a founding member of the Alaska Fishermen's Network and helped establish AMCC's Fishing Fellows program.
Fisheries Policy Director
Theresa is an active fisherman and long-time resident of Kodiak, home to the largest and most diversified fishing fleet in Alaska. Theresa has a diverse fishing portfolio: setnetting for salmon, fishing for tanner crab, longlining for halibut, and jigging for cod. Fishing is a family business for Theresa and her husband Charlie and their three children. A tireless advocate for local fishermen, Theresa supports many aspects of AMCC’s Working Waterfronts and Fisheries Conservation programs and is active in community fisheries at a variety of levels. She serves on numerous fishery boards and recently served on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, an important and influential body in Alaska’s fisheries management decisions.
Director of Catch 49
Katy joined AMCC as Director of Catch 49 in July 2018 after a varied career in Alaska, Hawaii, and California. She earned a B.A. in Political Science from Vassar College and began her career with the San Francisco-based Bluewater Network in 2000, working on public land issues. Katy continued her conservation and policy work as Program Director for the California League of Conservation Voters from 2003-2011, working on a broad array of local and state-level issues including food security, water policy, ocean issues, climate change, and energy. Since 2011, she split her time between Alaska and Hawaii, founding and operating a music education business in Hawaii. Katy loves to spend time gardening, playing music, and is excited to help grow Catch 49, Alaska’s community seafood hub.
Working Waterfronts Director
Fishermen, pilots, and a noisy librarian raised Jamie in Dillingham, Alaska just north of the family set-net operation, where they’ve harvested salmon for six generations. She earned her B.A. of Journalism and Public Communication at the University of Alaska Anchorage, gathering diverse experience in corporate communications, independent film, and community theater projects. She then served Alaskans in Washington D.C., building Senator Dan Sullivan’s front office and internship program before running back to Bristol Bay with the sockeye. Jamie has since put down roots in Homer, where she participated in AMCC’s first class of Young Fishing Fellows. While fish consume the majority of her life, Jamie is also a certified yoga instructor, writer, and traveler. Her favorite thing in our wild world is to make connections – to nature, and to people.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
We are currently seeking new members to join our board. If you would like to learn more about joining AMCC’s Board of Directors, please read the AMCC Board Job Description and fill out the application below.