Staff

Jason Dinneen
Executive Director
jason@akmarine.org // 907.277.5360

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A lifelong Alaskan, Jason has had the good fortune of working in communities across the state. Jason spent college summers set netting in Cook Inlet, stick picking along the Beaufort Sea coast, and working on the Exxon Valdez oil spill. These early work experiences gave him a great appreciation for Alaska’s oceans and the value they bring to the Alaska culture and economy. With over 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience in Alaska, Jason has directed a variety of organizations including the Alaska Small Business Development Center as well as overseeing the marketing efforts for Allen Marine’s boat building, tourism and retail operations.

 

 


Rachel Donkersloot
rachel_staffphotoWorking Waterfronts Program Director
rachel@akmarine.org // 907.277.5368

Rachel joined AMCC in 2011 after earning her doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of British Columbia. For her dissertation fieldwork, she spent a year living in the Irish fishing community of Killybegs studying rural youth out-migration from fishery dependent regions. As AMCC’s Working Waterfronts Program Director she is engaged in research, education and policy work on fishing community sustainability, marine resource governance and rural youth issues in the Global North.

She is currently co-principal investigator on a three year (2014-2017) study, The Graying of the Fleet in Alaska Fisheries: Defining the Problem, Assessing Alternatives, carried out in Bristol Bay and Kodiak Archipelago fishing communities in partnership with University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and Alaska Sea Grant. Rachel is also an affiliate faculty member at UAF’s School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. She was raised in the fishing community of Naknek.


Theresa Peterson
TheresaFisheries Policy Director (Kodiak)
theresa@akmarine.org // 907.277.5358

Theresa is AMCC’s longest serving staff person (14 years!), an active fisherwoman and long-time resident of Kodiak, home to the nation’s largest fishing fleet. 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 currently serves as one of 11 voting members on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, an important and influential body in Alaska’s fisheries management decisions.


Katy Rexford
Director of Catch 49
katy@akmarine.org // 907.277.5365

Katy Rexford

Katy Rexford 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 lands 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, teaching music in rural communities in Alaska, and growing ever closer to the ocean. Katy loves to spend time gardening, playing music, and is excited to help grow Catch 49, Alaska’s community seafood hub.


Jamie O’Connor
Fishing Community Organizer (Homer)
jamie@akmarine.org // 907.277.5359

Jamie O'Connor

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. She joined the AMCC staff in October of 2018. She coordinates the Alaska Fisherman’s Network and supports our fisheries conservation projects. 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. And she is excited to continue that work with AMCC.


Susan Dixon
Operations Manager
susan@akmarine.org // 907.277.5352

Susan grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has lived in Anchorage since 1990, enjoying visits over the years to communities throughout the state. She brings a wide range of experience to her role as Operations Manager, including technical writing and editing, project administration, and office management. Prior to joining the team at AMCC, Susan provided program support for the North Pacific Research Board, where she expanded her understanding of the issues and challenges unique to Alaska while participating in the funding of marine research projects and by editing numerous project summaries describing the results of this scientific research. She is grateful for the opportunity to support the efforts of AMCC to fulfill its mission and grow its vision for Alaska.


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