The Steering Committee guides the work of the Conservation Alliance. Elected by Alliance members, the Steering Committee is responsible for maintaining a big-picture view of all Alliance activities, overseeing the Alliance’s Operations Team, and fundraising.
“I highly value being a member of the Steering Committee for many reasons – most notably learning and being deeply involved in shaping the actions and thinking of the sustainable seafood movement.”
Richard Boot is the founder and president of FishChoice. Prior to founding FishChoice in 2008, Richard worked as director of operations for FishWise, where he developed training and implementation programs for use in grocery stores’ meat and seafood departments. Richard has collaborated with national environmental NGOs on a variety of issues including mercury labeling and education and sourcing of environmentally preferable seafood products. Before getting involved with the sustainable seafood movement, Richard graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in Business Economics. He managed large restaurants for Chart House Inc. and Landry’s and has worked as a chef, buyer, and kitchen manager in the hospitality industry. Richard is also a cohort member with The Future of Fish.
"Participating in the Alliance Steering Committee gives me the opportunity to collaborate with leaders in marine conservation to guide the direction of the sustainable seafood movement."
Stephanie joined the WWF-US Oceans Team in 2011. As Manager of Fishery Improvement Projects, Stephanie manages the suite of FIPs with which WWF-US is engaged, and creates linkages to sustainable sourcing strategies developed for WWF’s corporate partners. In this role, Stephanie is responsible for coordinating with WWF Network offices, as well as other NGOs acting as the in-country FIP lead and determining how WWF’s corporate partners can engage in specific FIPs. Prior to joining WWF-US, Stephanie served as the Fisheries Research Manager for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program. Stephanie received a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and a Master’s in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University.
Through the Conservation Alliance, WWF-US is able to take collective action on important issues in seafood sustainability, thereby having a larger impact towards achieving healthy oceans.
“There is huge value in collaborating with other leading organizations working on the same goals of sustainable seafood and ocean conservation.”
Ann-Marie Copping joined the Ocean Wise team at the Vancouver Aquarium in July 2011. As the program manager, she is responsible for strategic direction and annual planning, marketing strategy, and overall program administration (including financial stewardship). The Ocean Wise program works with restaurants, retailers and the seafood supply chain in Canada, with its primary focus on food-service operators. With her background in business management, and specifically in food-service purchasing and distribution, Anne-Marie has been an important addition to the Ocean Wise team, ensuring the program balances the business requirements of the Vancouver Aquarium with its conservation values. Ann-Marie worked for 25 years in food-service and resort supply-chain management, negotiating and managing purchasing agreements for North American independent and chain restaurants, hotels, and resorts. She has a degree from the University of British Columbia in French Literature and a Purchasing Management Association Designation.
“There’s never been a better time to time to join the Steering Committee. This group brings unprecedented vision and energy to the critical task of defining the future of sustainable seafood.”
Tim directs EDF’s sustainable seafood program and is a senior member of EDF’s Global Strategy and National Policy teams, where he engages the seafood supply chain to advance more sustainable fisheries management policies. Tim serves on the boards of Ecofish LLC and GulfWild®, and is an advisor to Fair Trade USA and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Tim earned an M.Sc. in Zoology from the University of Hawai’i and a B.S. in Biology from Duke University. His graduate research focused on the behavioral ecology and sensory physiology of tropical sharks, making appearances on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week and National Geographic Explorer. He is a frequent speaker on conservation and human health issues related to fisheries, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and NPR’s Fresh Air, in addition to being invited to testify to the President’s Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. As a founding member of the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions, Environmental Defense Fund’s goal is to ensure that well-managed fisheries are an important part of every sustainable seafood buyers’ portfolio.
“With so many different organizations working on seafood sustainability, the Alliance provides a platform that encourages and enables the open dialogue and collaboration needed to drive the sustainable seafood movement forward.”
Sam Grimley is a Director of Strategic Initiatives for SFP’s Buyer Engagement team. Sam works closely to support SFP’s North American seafood industry partners in implementing sustainable seafood policies and engaging seafood supply chains in improvement projects. Sam received a MA in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island, and currently resides in Portsmouth, NH.
Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly
“The Alliance provides a much-needed platform for the North American NGOs to work in coordination to meet the information needs of engaged businesses and to maximize our collective impact in achieving sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.”
Jennifer directs Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program, working to engage and empower North American consumers and businesses to support environmentally responsible fisheries and aquaculture operations through their purchasing decisions. Jennifer’s role is to ensure collaboration within the broader sustainable seafood movement and maintain the program’s rigor in generating seafood purchasing recommendations. Jennifer has been involved in the marine conservation arena for more than fifteen years. Her experience includes working as program manager for the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership to promote fishery and aquaculture improvement projects and build strategic relationships between the seafood sector and the NGO community. Jennifer also served as a senior conservation associate for the New England Aquarium, focusing on developing a sustainable seafood initiative and conducting cooperative research with the lobster and groundfish commercial fishing communities. In addition, she has consulted for regional fishermen’s associations across New England. She launched her marine conservation career in Washington, D.C. where she worked at the American Oceans Campaign (now Oceana), focusing on marine fish habitat conservation, and at Environmental Media Services. Jennifer received a Master of Science in Environmental Sciences from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Florida State University. She joined the Conservation Alliance Steering Committee in 2011 with the aim of fostering collaboration and informing the strategic direction of the global sustainable seafood movement.
Dr. John N. (“Jack”) Kittinger is the senior director of the Global Fisheries and Aquaculture Program in Conservation International’s Center for Oceans and a Professor of Practice in Arizona State University’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. Under his leadership, CI works to protect biodiversity and improve the wellbeing of ocean-dependent communities by implementing sustainable fisheries and aquaculture solutions built on partnerships and investments from ocean to plate. A social scientist and marine ecologist by training, Dr. Kittinger takes a comprehensive interest in finding sustainable solutions to complex problems facing the ocean environment and the people who depend on it. He has extensive experience coordinating multi-stakeholder teams and has worked as a consultant, an academic researcher, educator, and a program director in the nonprofit sector. A lifelong surfer, fisher and waterman, with family ties to the coastal Carolinas, he is committed to ocean-based learning experiences and to being in the water as often as possible. He and his family live in Niu Valley, Oahu.
"I was in at the conception of the Conservation Alliance and have watched it grow and take roots. I love working with my US colleagues, so I relish this opportunity to contribute to continued success for the Alliance and the US seafood sector"
Melanie is currently a Director of both sustainability consultancy at Sancroft International (London and Washington DC) and The Global Aquaculture Alliance. Prior to this she spent time with Environmental Defense Fund helping to establish their European presence, following five years as a Special Adviser to the HRH The Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit.
Working with a range of private sector and policy partners as Vice President of Sustainable Markets with SeaWeb, Melanie led 5 Seafood Summits from Jacksonville, through Barcelona, Paris, San Diego and Vancouver to hand over on Hong Kong. During this period, she was a contributor to the design of the Conservation Alliance. In her commercial career, Melanie culminated as Head of Strategic Communications for Finnish forest products giant UPM-Kymmene.