Advisory CommitteeKingfisher

The WSG Advisory Committee provides general program oversight, direction, and advice. The Committee was first established in August 2006 with stakeholders and federal and state partners. The Committee was restructured in 2022 to better reflect the diverse stakeholders, sectors and geographies that Washington Sea Grant serves. 

Laural Ballew

American Indian/Alaska Native and First Nations Relations Executive Director and Tribal Liaison
Western Washington University


Dale Beasley 

President, Coalition of Coastal Fisheries
Columbia River Crab Fishermen’s Association


Chad Bowechop

Treasurer, Makah Tribal Council  
Neah Bay, Washington, United States


Laura Butler

Director of Strategic Initiatives  
Washington State Department of Agriculture


Kate Dean

Jefferson County Commissioner


Megan N. Dethier 

Director of Friday Harbor Labs
University of Washington


Mike Doherty

Former Clallam County Commissioner (retired)


Debbie Granger

Program Manager
Working Waterfront Coalition of Whatcom County


Ed Johnstone

Fisheries Policy Spokesperson  
Quinault Indian Nation


Michelle Ma

Associate Director
University of Washington News


Erin Meyer

Director of Conservation Programs & Partnerships
Seattle Aquarium


John Stein

NOAA-NWFSC (retired), Panel Chair
Puget Sound Partnership, Science Panel 


Bobbak Talebi

Coastal/Shorelands Section Manager
Shorelands & Environmental Assistance Program
Washington State Department of Ecology


Dan Tonnes 

Aquaculture Coordinator, Oregon & Washington
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
Liaison to the University of Washington


Kevin Werner

Science and Research Director, Northwest Fisheries Science Center
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service