MPA Federal Advisory Committee Membership

Nominations for New Members: 2019-2022 Term

The nomination period for 11 new committee members was extended to February 15, 2019, due to the government shutdown. The selection process is ongoing. Once the new members are appointed, the date and location for the new MPAFAC’s first meetingwill be announced here and in the Federal Register.

Current Membership: as of May 2019

The MPA Federal Advisory Committee includes representatives from different geographic regions, including the Great Lakes and U.S. territories. Members typically represent a wide variety of ocean and coastal interests including natural and cultural resource management (state and tribal), natural and social sciences, commercial and recreational fishing, ocean industry (oil and gas production, shipping and ports), recreation and tourism, and conservation.

Designated Federal Officer

Dr. Charles Wahle
Senior Scientist
National Marine Protected Area Center
NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
Monterey, CA  93940
Cell: 831-238-2244
Phone: 831-647-6460

Continuing Members (through 2021)

John Anderson (ocean energy) (2017-2021)
Executive Director
Energy and Wildlife Action Coalition
Edison Electric Institute
Washington, DC

John F. Ballotti (recreational fishing) (2017-2021)
Torrance, CA 90501

Katy Croff Bell Ph.D. (natural science) (2017-2021)
Lead, Open Ocean Initiative, MIT Media Lab
Fellow, National Geographic Society 
Narragansett, RI 02882

Alex F. Brylske, Ph.D. (non-consumptive uses) (2017-2021)
Ocean Education International
Cudjoe Key, FL 33042

Christopher M. Horton (recreational fishing) (2017-2021)
Fisheries Program Director
Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Washington, DC 20003

Jacque Hostler-Carmesin (tribal/indigenous) (2017-2021)
Chief Executive Officer 
Trinidad Rancheria 
Trinidad, CA 95570 

William J. McClintock, Ph.D. (social science) (2017-2021)
Marine Science Institute
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6150

Lynn McClure (conservation) (2017-2021)
Senior Director, Midwest
National Parks Conservation Association
Chicago, IL 60603

David S. Robinson, R.P.A. (cultural resources) (2017-2021)
President and CEO
David S. Robinson and Associates, Inc.
Jamestown, RI 02835

Ex Officio Federal Representatives

Department of Commerce
Assistant Administrator for Oceans and Coasts
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Department of the Interior
Ex Officio Designee: TBD

Department of Defense/Navy
Designee: John Pierson
Office Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy – Environment
1000 Navy Pentagon, Room A674
Washington, DC 20350-1000

Department of Homeland Security
Designee: LCDR Eric Quigley
U.S. Coast Guard
2100 Second Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20593-0001

Department of State
Designee: Marc Porter
Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs
Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
Harry S. Truman Building
2201 C Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20520

Environmental Protection Agency
Designee: Dr. Brian Melzian
Oceanographer/Project Officer
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory
Atlantic Ecology Division
27 Tarzwell Drive
Narragansett, RI 02882

U.S. Agency for International Development
Designee: Barbara Best
Coastal Resources and Policy Advisor
Office of Natural Resources Management, Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture & Trade

National Science Foundation
Designee: Roxanne Nikolaus
Division of Ocean Sciences
4201 Wilson Blvd., Suite 725
Arlington, VA 22230

Department of Agriculture
Designee: Rick Swanson
USDA U.S. Forest Service
Watershed, Fish, Wildlife Staff
201 14th Street, SW, Stop 1121
Washington DC 20250-0003