Heather Brandon has two decades in ocean policy and sustainable seafood industry development in Alaska and globally. She has conducted seafood sustainability assessments in numerous overseas markets, has provided in-person outreach on behalf of NOAA to governments and seafood industry representatives in Indonesia, Peru, Ecuador, Vietnam, and the Philippines, and has led investigative research into illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fisheries in emerging markets. Heather managed a multi-pronged fish conservation program in the Russian Far East for the World Wildlife Fund, which improved fishing, mining and hydropower development practices on the Kamchatka peninsula.
Heather has worked for the Pacific Fishery Management Council; World Wildlife Fund’s Arctic Program; Alaska Sea Grant; and the Juneau Economic Development Council. She has worked at three state legislatures – Oregon, Hawai’i and Texas – served the State of Alaska as the Governor’s Ocean Policy Coordinator during a time of intensive federal ocean policy making. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from University of Oregon and a Master’s of Marine Affairs from the University of Washington. Her masters thesis was on the biological impacts of catch share programs in Alaska, which required interviewing many salty fishing captains in the bar of the Grand Aleutian Hotel during king crab season. Heather is personally interested in reducing ocean plastics globally and marine debris prevention and clean-up locally.
In her free time, Heather is a youth hockey coach for boys and girls in Juneau and she enjoys hiking with the family dog. She is raising two sons with her spouse and they are currently hosting an exchange student from Bahrain.