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Active Staff
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Gregory T. Ruggerone
Scott Goodman
Kyle L. Antonelis

James Selleck (Associate)
Joan Drinkwin (Associate)

Steven E. Hughes (retired)
Jeffrey A. June (retired)




Joan Drinkwin
Associate Partner
Strategic Initiatives Specialist

Degrees & Diplomas
MA.: Geography, University of Texas, Austin, TX
BA.: Psychology, University of Texas, Austin, TX

Research Interests
  • Derelict Fishing Gear and Marine Debris
  • Nearshore Ecology and Restoration
  • Strategic Conservation Program Planning and Execution
  • Strategic Communications
  • Conservation Grant Acquisition and Development
Resume Summary
Ms. Drinkwin specializes in designing and implementing strategic conservation programs and projects. She has 25 years of experience in developing and operationalizing collaborative conservation programs.

She is a recognized leader in the field of abandoned, lost and discarded fishing gear and is regularly called on for consultation from practitioners worldwide as well as Intergovernmental Organizations (FAO, IWC). She has collaborated on significant research into impacts of derelict fishing gear and led development of a comprehensive strategy to address the problem of lost and abandoned crab pots in Puget Sound.

Ms. Drinkwin has managed on-the-ground nearshore restoration projects as well as developed and directed strategic restoration programs and communications plans.

She brings to all her projects strong communications skills. She has extensive grant acquisition and development experience and has raised more than $10 million for conservation work in the Salish Sea and beyond.

Prior to joining NRC, Ms. Drinkwin was Programs Director (and Interim Director) for the Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Foundation, where she managed the Northwest Straits Initiative’s internationally recognized Derelict Fishing Gear Program. She also developed and directed the Northwest Straits Foundation’s comprehensive program to reduce shoreline armoring in Puget Sound. Ms. Drinkwin worked for the Puget Sound Water Quality Authority and the Puget Sound Water Quality Action Team. Before arriving in the Puget Sound region, Ms. Drinkwin developed and managed statewide citizen monitoring programs for the State of Texas.

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