The Operations Team supports the Steering Committee and the entire Alliance membership to achieve the Alliance’s goals. The team manages all the nuts and bolts of daily operations, including communication, event planning, and project management.
"Collaborations and partnerships are critical in today's world. Through working together towards shared visions and goals, conservation organizations can achieve much more than the sum of their individual parts. Being part of the Alliance fosters these common goals, benefits the health of the oceans and those who rely on seafood for their income, protein and well being. It is ultimately a win-win for all involved."
Frazer McGilvray is an internationally renowned marine natural resource management professional with more than 25 years of experience. Having worked throughout East Asia and the Indo-Pacific, he has extensive knowledge on marine resource management across several continents. He has worked both on local projects and those that span multiple countries. McGilvray has advised and helped shape government policy in many countries to improve fisheries management, coral reef resilience, food security and economic benefits.
McGilvray was most recently the Executive Director and Board Member of Malama Maunalua, a community-based, non-profit stewardship organization committed to conserving and restoring a healthy and productive Maunalua Bay in Oahu, Hawaii. Prior to Malama Maunalua, he served in instrumental roles at the State of Hawaii Department of Land & Natural Resources, Conservation International (CI) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
Born in Scotland, McGilvray earned degrees in marine biology and applied zoology from Bangor University in North Wales. Having lived or worked on every continent except Antarctica, he now lives in Hawaii with his wife Kate and their two dogs. He is a keen waterman, and makes a point of getting in or on the water as often as possible.
“What I like most about working with the Alliance is knowing that the collaboration we foster through the Alliance platform enables us to address tough challenges together and achieve greater impact.”
Amy Kersteen has spent 10 years working in the environmental field. Now, as operations manager of the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions, she helps to ensure the continued collaboration and collective efforts of Alliance organizations. Previously, Amy spent three and a half years as senior development officer at Resources for the Future, an environmental economics research institution in Washington, D.C. She also worked as the stewardship programs manager at the Maine Island Trail Association for four years, managing wilderness islands the length of the Maine Coast. Amy holds a degree in Environmental Analysis and Policy from Boston University’s Center for Energy and Environmental Studies
"Supporting the collaboration of our member organizations on critical issues and improvement projects is what makes working with the Alliance so rewarding."
Meaghan is passionate about the Conservation Alliance’s collaborative efforts to create policies that work for both fisheries and seafood retailers looking to advance their sustainable practices. She serves a key role in maintaining the operations of the Alliance with meeting and event expertise, Alliance-wide communications, and finance and operations support. Meaghan has over seven years of relevant experience in both the non-profit and corporate sectors. In her most recent role at a Chicago-based commercial law firm, she managed the attorney’s client events and sponsorship program. Prior to that position, Meaghan was the Senior Coordinator of Special Events at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Meaghan holds a degree in Journalism from Indiana University.
"It's incredible to see what can be accomplished through collaboration. Two heads are better than one, and in the case of the Alliance, 40 heads are better than 39."
Laura comes to the Alliance after completing her masters in Ocean Management at Dalhousie University in Canada. She supports Alliance operations through her work on communications, event planning, and meeting coordination and logistics. Previously, her contract work with Fair Trade USA and WWF-Canada prepared her to wear the many hats she currently wears in support of the Alliance. Laura is committed to the important work of promoting rigorous sustainability targets in seafood supply chains and is proud to be assisting the Alliance team in its efforts to do just that.