The Operations Team supports the Alliance Board and membership to achieve the Alliance’s goals. The team manages all the nuts and bolts of daily operations, including communications, event planning, and project management. Meet the team below!
"In my new role, I am excited to innovate and find ways to achieve the Alliance's new strategic goals quickly, partnering with those that have been working on sustainable seafood for many years, and those new to the community."
As Executive Director, Mariah Boyle leads the implementation of the Alliance’s strategic plan, aligning and accelerating the work by its members in order to achieve greater collective impact. For ten years, Mariah led the traceability and human rights work at FishWise, a non-profit sustainable seafood consultancy. In addition, Mariah has worked in conservation as a researcher at the Pacific Shark Research Center and a regulatory scientist at the St. John’s River Water Management District in Florida. Mariah holds a master’s degree in marine science from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and a bachelor’s degree in marine biology from the Florida Institute of Technology.
"Supporting the collaboration of our member organizations on critical issues 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.
“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 project director 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.
"It's incredible to see what can be accomplished through collaboration. Two heads are better than one, and in the case of the Alliance, 42 heads are better than 41."
Laura works to keep the Alliance community connected and engaged by managing internal and external communications and coordinating the collective action efforts of the Alliance community. Her previous experience with Alliance members Fair Trade USA and WWF-Canada prepared her for these roles and to additionally provide operations support to the Alliance team. Laura holds a Master’s degree in Marine Management from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from York University, both which she studied in Canada, where she is from.