Meet the NPFMC Council Members
Back row, L to R: Andy Mezirow, Karla Bush, Jon Kurland, Bill Tweit, John Jensen, Kenny Down, CAPT Jason Brennell
Front row: Nicole Kimball, Rachel Baker, Simon Kinneen, Steve Marx, Anne Vanderhoeven, Cora Campbell (former member)
Not Pictured: Angel Drobnica
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NPFMC Council Members
Mr. Simon Kinneen has worked for Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation (NSEDC) for the past 14 years in various roles, including Norton Sound fisheries research and development director, CDQ manager, chief operating officer, and most recently, vice president and quota acquisition manager. He has served on the NPFMC Advisory Panel and Non-Target Species Committee, Bering Sea Fisheries Advisory Board, Advisory Panel to the North Pacific Research Board, Marine Conservation Alliance, and various other boards relating to state and federal fisheries. Mr. Kinneen was elected Chairman for the North Pacific Fishery Management Council in October 2018.
Mr. Bill Tweit has been the Washington State representative on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council since 2005, and the vice-chair since April 2015. He is a Special Assistant to the Director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. His other duties include management of harvest and hydropower impacts in the Columbia River basin in conjunction with the Treaty Indian Tribes of the basin and the states of Oregon, Idaho and Montana; coordination of Invasive Species issues for the Department; and development of mitigation agreements for the impacts of Columbia Basin development on fish and wildlife. His newest task is serving on the regional team developing the framework for potential alterations to the US/Canada treaty on Columbia River water supply, hydropower and flood control.
Alternate: Karla Bush
Ms. Rachel Baker represents the State of Alaska’s interests in federal fisheries management issues, including participation on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council on behalf of the Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Ms. Baker has over 15 years of experience working to develop and implement fisheries policy and management programs for commercial, recreational, and subsistence fisheries off Alaska. Prior to joining the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in early 2019, she worked for the National Marine Fisheries Service in Juneau, Alaska, as an analyst and regulatory specialist for Alaska’s federal halibut, groundfish, and crab fisheries. Ms. Baker began her fisheries career as an economist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and later worked as an analyst and fishery manager for the New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries and for the National Marine Fisheries Service headquarters office in Washington, DC area.
Ms. Karla Bush is the Extended Jurisdiction Program Manager and serves as an alternate on behalf of the Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G). She has worked for the Division of Commercial Fisheries since 2001, serving as a shellfish fishery manager in the BSAI and Southeast Alaska areas, as a Fishery Biologist in the Extended Jurisdiction Section, and as the Southeast Alaska shellfish/groundfish program coordinator. Ms. Bush was a member and vice-chair of the Council’s BSAI Crab Plan Team from 2010-2016, serves as an alternate on the Pacific Fishery Management Council, and is the Alaska coordinator for the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. Ms. Bush has a MS degree in fisheries from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and resides in Juneau, Alaska.
Mr. Kenny Down owns Seaquest Ventures, a small maritime contract and investment advisory company in Seattle. He worked from 2012-2018 as the President and CEO for one of the largest participants in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands hook-and-line catcher processor sector. Kenny has served as a Board member with the Freezer Longline Coalition and spent more than four years lobbying, organizing and, most importantly, leading national policy in support of low-impact fishing efforts. Before his political work, Mr. Down spent nearly 20 years in the Alaska longline fishing industry. He has worked as general manager for an Alaska cod longline company and has broad experience as a port engineer, USCG licensed chief engineer and a fisherman at sea. In 2015 Mr. Down was appointed to the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council. Mr. Down was reappointed in 2017.
Appointed Council Member
Dr. Dave Hanson has been a Council member since 1988 and is the Council Parliamentarian. He is employed by Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission serving as Deputy Director prior to semi-retirement He has been involved in many marine issues for the West Coast and Alaska. He has served on the Stellar Sea Lion Recovery Team and other many other scientific and management bodies. Prior to working for the Commission he was employed by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. His final position was Chief of the Fisheries Bureau. He also was a biologist and Law Enforcement Officer with the U.S. Forest Service.
Ms. Kimball has 20 years of experience in Alaska fisheries management and policy and currently works for the Pacific Seafood Processors Association, a non-profit trade association comprised of motherships and shore-based seafood processors across Alaska. Prior to this, she served as Federal Fisheries Coordinator for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, where she represented the state in regional, national, and international fisheries venues, and served as the alternate to the Commissioner on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (2012-2016). Before this Nicole worked as a fisheries analyst for the Council for 12 years. Nicole received a BS in natural resource management at the University of Maine, and a master’s in environmental policy and renewable resource management from Tufts University. Nicole currently serves on the board of the Alaska SeaLife Center, the Maritime Works Leadership Council, the Alaska Sea Grant Advisory Committee, and as Vice-Chair of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Communications Committee. Born in Ketchikan, she currently resides in Anchorage.
Mr. John Jensen is a commercial fisherman and owner of Jensen’s Boat Rentals, a company specializing in self-guided, recreational boating adventures, based in his hometown of Petersburg, Alaska. His career in commercial fishing began in 1966, fishing for halibut in the Gulf of Alaska and king crab in the Bering Sea; and since that time, has participated in numerous fisheries as a vessel and permit owner in all coastal regions of Alaska. Locally he has served as a member of the Petersburg City Council and is a past board member of the Southeast Alaska Power Agency, 2008-18. Since 2001, Mr. Jensen has been a member of the Alaska Board of Fisheries and is an advisory member to the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission and a member of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.
Mr. Jon Kurland became NOAA Fisheries’ Alaska Regional Administrator in March 2022. He previously served in three other senior leadership roles in the agency’s Alaska Region: Assistant Regional Administrator for Habitat Conservation, Acting Deputy Regional Administrator, and Assistant Regional Administrator for Protected Resources. Before moving to Alaska in 2002 he was the national Essential Fish Habitat Coordinator based at NOAA Fisheries’ headquarters office, and prior to that he worked in the habitat program in NOAA Fisheries’ Northeast Region (now called the Greater Atlantic Region).
Mr. Steve Marx is the Oregon representative on the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council and serves as the designee for the Director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). Mr. Marx retired from ODFW in July 2017 after 34 years with the agency. Prior to retirement, he worked as the West Region Manager overseeing field operations west of the Cascades which included working closely with agency leadership, other agencies, non-governmental groups, and local tribes on management and policy matters. Prior to his time as West Region Manager, Mr. Marx worked as the Upper Willamette Watershed District Manager for seven years and spent over 20 years working as a fisheries biologist on management issues, habitat enhancement and protection, and field assessments in the upper Deschutes River subbasin. Mr. Marx received a degree in Fisheries Science from Oregon State University and resides in Bend, Oregon.
Mr. Andy Mezirow has been a professional mariner, fisherman, and educator his entire adult life. He financed his college education at the Evergreen State College by commercial fishing for Swordfish, Tuna, Atlantic Cod, and Pacific Halibut. He spent years working as a captain and crew on Oceanographic Research Vessels that sailed all over the world from Borneo to Siberia. In 1994, Mr. Mezirow moved north to take the position of chief officer on the University Alaska Research Vessel Alpha Helix. He came ashore and split his career between owning and operating Gray Light Sportfishing Charters and in the offseason, working as the United States Coast Guard approved instructor teaching mariners and young fishermen at the State of Alaska Maritime Training Center. Along the way, he became the regional representative for the International Gamefish Association, served on the board of directors of the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association, the National Association of Charterboat Operators, and served four years on the NPFMC Advisory Panel, before being twice appointed as the recreational fishing representative on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and to the Board of Directors of the North Pacific Research Board. In his spare time, you will find him and his wife trolling the blue waters of Kona in search of blue marlin.
CAPT Jason Brennell Email
Rear Admiral Moore is responsible for Coast Guard operations throughout Alaska, the North Pacific Ocean, the Arctic Ocean, and the Bering Sea. These operations include protecting life and property, ensuring marine safety, enforcing federal laws and treaties, protecting the marine environment, preserving living marine resources, and promoting national security.
With more than 20 years of experience, Ms. Anne Vanderhoeven has worked with nearly every fishing fleet in Alaska. She started her fishery experience as a groundfish observer before expanding into crab and later program management. She has also worked for one of the Community Development Quota groups and she currently works as the Director of Government Affairs for Arctic Storm Management Group. In addition to having served on several Council committees and the Advisory Panel, Ms. Vanderhoeven is an active member of various fishing related organizations such as At-Sea Processors Association, United Catcher Boats, Midwater Trawlers Cooperative, High Seas Catcher Cooperative, and Marine Conservation Alliance amongst others. Having grown up all over California, she now calls Washington state her home.
- Minutes from the Council meetings
- A listing of Council Terms of Office
- Statement of Organization Practices and Procedures (Council SOPPs, Approved June 2020)
- Regional Operating Agreement (Revised October 2016)