Niaz Dorry, Coordinating Director
Niaz and her dog, Hailey, live in Gloucester, Massachusetts - the oldest settled fishing port in the U.S. Her dog Hailey is one of the lucky dogs who survived Hurricane Katrina and is Niaz' daily reminder of all the fishing communities that are yet to be rebuilt since the Indian Ocean tsunami, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and other disasters.
Following her work on environmental justice issues as a Greenpeace toxics campaigner, Niaz began working with small-scale, traditional, and indigenous fishing communities in the U.S. and from around the globe as a Greenpeace oceans and fisheries campaigner. She then went on to work independently on advancing the rights and ecological benefits of the small-scale fishing communities as a means of protecting global marine biodiversity.
Time Magazine named Niaz as a Hero For The Planet for this work. Niaz' work and approach have been noted in a number of books including Against the Tide, Deeper Shade of Green, The Spirit's Terrain, Vanishing Species, The Great Gulf, Swimming in Circles, A Troublemaker's Teaparty and The Doryman's Reflection. She is a graduate of the Rockwood Leadership Program’s Leading From Inside Out.
At the core of her approach is Niaz’ belief that as movements we are “Stronger Together," which is why she serves a diverse, cross-cutting set of organizations in various capacities including the National Family Farm Coalition, Granite State Fish, LocalCatch.org, American Sustainable Business Council, New England Grassroots Environment Fund, and Food Solutions New England.
Boyce Thorne-Miller, Science Advisor
Boyce is a marine ecologist who leads NAMA’s collaborative work on science and policy. She works with scientists, social scientists, fishermen and fishing community members who are promoting the use of the best science in fisheries management decisions and the incorporation of spatial and scale considerations into the science informing fisheries management in New England.
She has worked in the past for several international and national environmental organizations on marine pollution, at-sea waste disposal, marine biodiversity, the precautionary principle, aquaculture, marine protected areas, and the Endangered Species Act. She has served on government and NGO delegations in international treaties, expert working groups, and other intergovernmental forums.
Boyce has authored/co-authored four books on marine biodiversity, as well as book chapters and papers on the application of the precautionary principle to international maritime law and fisheries. She has an MS in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. For her work with NAMA, she moves between New England and Washington, DC.
Brett Tolley, Community Organizer and Policy Advocate
Brett is NAMA's community organizer. He comes from a four-generation commercial fishing family out of Cape Cod, MA. He has worked in the fishing industry hanging nets, crewing boats of various gear-types, and commercially shellfishing. He received a degree in International Relations from Elon University with a focus on Social Justice and International Trade.
Brett lives in Brooklyn, NY where he worked as an advocate and community organizer, fighting in housing court for low-income tenants and organizing campaigns around immigrant and human rights. He wrote and produced an award-winning documentary about the migrant experience along the U.S./Mexico border titled, "Dying to Get In". He was also selected to the We Are All Brooklyn Fellowship Program and completed the Rockwood Leadership Institute's 'Art of Leadership' program.
“Local fishermen and fishing communities are disproportionately left out of the policy decisions that impact their lives. This undermines our coastal communities, the health of the ocean, access to healthy food, and ensuring a fair price to fishermen. We can do better. I envision a future where fishing families have a level playing field and are celebrated for their role in protecting the health of the ocean as well as their role in feeding people. I envision fishing families cross-collaborating with other peoples' movements for justice and where people of all incomes have access to healthy and locally caught seafood," says Brett.
Cynthia Bush, Finance Coordinator and Program Associate
Cynthia Bush joins NAMA's team as the Finance Coordinator and Program Associate providing NAMA with Finance Management and Organizational Development. She comes to us from Gloucester, Massachusetts where she lives on the shoreline.
She has experience in business management including finance, human resources, customer service and program management. In addition Cynthia’s experience in fundraising and event planning is an asset to NAMA. She has organized and participated in events for energy conservation organizations, along with administering and planning events in the private and public sectors. Her background makes Cynthia a resource that NAMA is pleased to have on our team.
In 2010, Cynthia moved to Gloucester wanting to be closer to the ocean, her source of energy is revived by the sea every morning and night when walking along the shoreline. She finds that it doesn’t matter what your day puts on your lap, just being by the ocean is so soothing and replenishes all energies exhausted from the day.
She enjoys being by the ocean, friends, family and music of all kinds; her greatest accomplishment is raising her three children and marveling at who they have become. A very proud MAMA.
Julianna Fischer, Community Organizer
Julianna Fischer is a Community Organizer at the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance. She grew up on the coast in Southern Maine, working at her family’s seafood restaurant from a young age. She recently moved from Washington State back to her home state of Maine and is currently living in Portland.
While in Washington, she received a degree in Environmental Policy from Western Washington University and gained experience in grassroots organizing. She has worked on numerous environmental campaigns, including opposition to North America’s largest proposed coal export terminal and improvements in oil train safety legislation. As President of a student group on her University’s campus, she led a campaign working toward fossil fuel divestment and successfully changed her County’s restrictive wind energy ordinance. Most recently, Julianna was a Field Organizer with the Washington State Democrats’, where she managed a field campaign that served three Counties in Northwest Washington.
Julianna sees tremendous power in collective action and intersectional justice and is thrilled to be working with an organization that shares this vision.