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Announcing Leadership Transition at AMCC

First announced on May 29, 2024

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On behalf of Alaska Marine Conservation Council’s board of directors, I am writing to inform you of an important leadership transition. After nearly five years of dedicated service, Marissa Wisniewski (Wilson) is stepping down from her role as Executive Director on July 1st, 2024. We are deeply grateful for Marissa's unwavering commitment, vision and tireless efforts in advancing AMCC's mission.

During her tenure, Marissa’s first-hand understanding of the importance of fisheries for individual wellness and community health, and her commitment to honoring the careful practice of place-based being, has always been at the forefront. This dedication has been instrumental in strengthening our relationships with organizations and advocates around the state, and broadening awareness outside Alaska of the challenges facing Alaska's marine ecosystems and fishermen.

Prior to serving as Executive Director, Marissa served on AMCC’s board for six years. Her more than 10 years of leadership has left an indelible mark on our organization. We wish her all the best in returning to a life on the ocean as a full-time harvester while continuing to stay engaged in issues important to fishing communities. Please join us in our well wishes.

We are pleased to announce that Michelle Stratton, a valued member of our current staff, will be stepping into the role of Acting Director while the board evaluates the potential for a co-leadership model at AMCC.  

Michelle was born and raised in Palmer, Alaska, and grew up setnetting for salmon with her family on the west side of Cook Inlet. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and began her career as a technician for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game before earning her master’s degree in fisheries science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Michelle then spent eight years as an Alaska Department of Fish and Game fisheries biologist, gaining extensive experience and knowledge in the field. She now owns and operates a setnet site on the south end of Kodiak. 

In her current role as AMCC’s Fisheries Scientist, Michelle has devoted her time to fisheries research and education, helping build connections between Alaska's fishing communities and the scientific processes that support them. Her background, coupled with her proven leadership skills and dedication to our mission, makes her exceptionally qualified to guide AMCC forward in this time of transition. 

Thank you for your continued support of AMCC during this transition and beyond. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at


RJ Kopchak

Board Chair

Alaska Marine Conservation Council

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Flash White
Flash White
Jun 28

Thank you, Marissa. And best of luck to the new Director.

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