Chris has worked for the Council since 1990, first as a Plan Coordinator, then as Deputy Director, and as Executive Director since 2002. Chris is responsible for all administrative and operational aspects of the Council process, and is lead staff for legislative and international issues. Hailing from Texas, he has a BBA in Business Management, and a Master’s degree in Fisheries Sciences, both from Texas A&M University. Prior to coming to Alaska, he worked primarily on Gulf of Mexico shrimp fishery management issues. Little known facts: Chris is a Dallas Cowboys fan, he played the trombone in his high school marching band, and instead of a dog his childhood pet was a javelina.
David is responsible for staff supervision and office administration. He also takes the lead on special projects and development of outreach materials. Prior to being hired as a Council plan coordinator in 1992, David was a marine biologist for the State of Massachusetts, working on resource surveys and stock assessments. David has a BS and a Master’s degree in fisheries biology from the University of Massachusetts. As a young child on Cape Cod, David fished for minnows to sell as bait and cat food.
Jim is responsible for coordination of the GOA Groundfish FMP. He is also staff lead on Council research priorities, the programmatic groundfish action plan, and several other issues. Prior to being hired in 2014, Jim worked for twelve years as a plan coordinator and fishery analyst for the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council in Dover, Delaware four years as a stock assessment scientist for the state of North Carolina. Jim has a Master of Science degree in Fishery and Wildlife Science from NC State University. Little known fact: Jim was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and was bitten on the leg by a lion during a grade school field trip.
Sam is responsible for developing economic and social impact analyses of proposed Council actions. His recent projects have addressed Gulf of Alaska trawl fisheries, the Observer Program, and the Halibut & Sablefish IFQ Program. He currently staffs the IFQ Committee, the Sablefish Gear Committee, and is a member of the Electronic Monitoring Workgroup. Prior to joining Council staff in 2012, he completed a Master’s degree in environmental management at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, where he focused on economics and policy. Sam still has a trophy mount of the first fish he ever caught — a 5 inch bream.
Diana works on ecosystem and observer issues for the Council, as well as a range of other fishery management analyses. Recent projects include the BSAI halibut PSC limit reductions, Bering Sea Fishery Ecosystem Plan discussion papers, and the development of electronic monitoring. She staffs the Electronic Monitoring Workgroup and the Observer Advisory Committee. Her Master’s degree is in geography, from King’s College London. Diana’s little known fact? She began her career in fishery management in Hawaii, working on an analysis of the pelagic longline fishery.
Michael provides data and analytical support to Council staff through AKFIN (Alaska Fisheries Information Network). He joined the Council in 2009 and brought 7 years of analytical experience from TD Ameritrade where he was the Manager of Operation Analytics. In 2002 he completed a Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Nebraska. When Michael was young his family would vacation in Arkansas and his Dad would let him keep catfish in the bathtub.
Shannon is responsible for providing Administrative support to the Council staff as well as acting as the primary support for the Council during its meetings. In addition, Shannon is our event coordinator and contact person for hotel and travel arrangements. Shannon holds a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistic Anthropology from Northern Arizona University. Little known fact: Before traversing through New Zealand studying anthropology she majored in Theatre – a skill she still uses to this day.
Since starting her career with the Council at age 19, Peggy has performed a variety of administrative duties. Currently she is responsible for publishing the live meeting agenda, keeping it updated and accessible. She helps keep the website current, maintains the Council’s various contact lists, and assists the Advisory Panel with their meeting and minutes. Little known fact: Peg and her 7 sisters won the Matanuska Maid Milk contest in 2005, with a prize trip to Katmai National Park.
Steve started at the NPFMC in 2011, after spending six years as the Polar Marine Program Director for The Nature Conservancy in Alaska where he worked closely with Bering Sea commercial fishing interests to reduce potential impacts to protected species and habitat. Steve has also worked for a private ecological consulting firm, State and University wildlife management departments, oil and gas environmental department, and a donut shop. Steve received his BA in Biology from Whitman College in Walla Walla WA, and a MS in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University. Steve has been swimming in every ocean, including north of the Arctic Circle, and south of the Antarctic Circle.
Sarah has been an analyst with the NPFMC since 2013. She is responsible for conducting social and economic analysis on proposed Council actions. Most recently, Sarah has lead analyses for issues around the Bering Sea/ Aleutian Islands crab rationalization program, the CDQ program and issues related to the halibut/ sablefish commercial IFQ fisheries and halibut charter fishery. Sarah holds a Master’s degree in Resource Economics and Policy from the University of Maine. Prior to NPFMC, she was a research fellow at the National Center for Environmental Economics in Washington, D.C. Little known fact: Sarah cannot handle food spicier than ketchup, but she has been secretly building up her tolerance.
Since re-joining our staff in 2000, Jon has been focusing on allocative issues to include Amendment 80, AFA, BSAI Pacific cod. He is also staff for the Enforcement Committee. Prior to working with the Council, he worked as an economist with the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Anchorage Economic Development Corporation. Jon has a Master’s degree in resource economics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Little known fact: Jon is a descendent of Francis Billington, a passenger on the Mayflower.
Nicole joined the Council in 2017, and performs a variety of accounting duties and a range of budget preparation and analysis in support of the Council’s fiscal responsibilities. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Marketing from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her background includes over 12 years in accounting for corporations, governmental agencies, and non-profits in Alaska. Little known fact: Nicole does not like peanut butter, even in cookies!
If you want to hear a Council meeting that was broadcast in 2004, or want to view the current Council agenda on a mobile device, Maria is the person you’d contact. She’s slowly transitioned the Council to an almost paperless system for meetings and documents, and remains a big advocate for anything digital. Before the Council hired her in 1999 as an administrative assistant, Maria lived in King Salmon, AK, where she had been adventuring. While traipsing the world, Maria finally graduated with a BFA in English and Design from Utah State University. Little known fact: Maria was active in Anchorage’s slam poetry circuit in the early 90s.
Diana is a fishery analyst and the Plan Coordinator for BSAI Groundfish and BSAI Crab. Her recent projects have focused upon salmon bycatch issues in the Bering Sea pollock fishery, overfishing and ACL requirements for groundfish and crab, rebuilding plans for overfished stocks and various conservation and biological issues as they arise in the GOA and BSAI. She holds a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island and is a Fulbright Scholar. Little known fact: She won the Seward Halibut Derby with the first fish she ever caught in Alaska.