Our Staff

Niaz Dorry, Coordinating Director

Niaz DorryNiaz moved to Gloucester, Massachusetts - the oldest settled fishing port in the U.S. - in 1994 when she decided to work on fisheries issues. At the time, she was an ocean and fisheries campaigner for Greenpeace. She took on fisheries issues following her work on environmental justice issues as a Greenpeace toxics campaigner, and has been hooked ever since. She has been working with small-scale, traditional, and indigenous fishing communities in the U.S. and from around the globe ever since, 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; Zugunruhe: The Inner Migration To Profound Environmental Change; Raising Dough: Public History and the Food Movement; The Complete Guide to Financing a Socially Responsible Food Business; Blue Urbanism: Exploring Connections Between Cities and Oceans; and, The Doryman's Reflection.

She is a graduate of the Rockwood Leadership Institute's Leading From Inside Out and the Institute for Nonprofit Practice's Core Certificate Program.

Prior to coming to NAMA in spring of 2008, Niaz served as the interim COO of the Healthy Building Network. As of May 1, 2018 Niaz has begun serving as the executive director of the National Family Farm Coalition as part of a new shared-leadership model. She served on NFFC's board for 8 years before this shift, and currently serves on the Food Solutions New England's Process Team.

Boyce Thorne-Miller, Science Advisor

Boyce Thorne-MillerBoyce 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, National Program Coordinator

Brett TolleyBrett is NAMA's National Program Coordinator. He focuses on movement building and policy. Brett 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.

Recently Brett spoke at the United Nations Oceans Conference.

Prior to NAMA Brett worked as an advocate and community organizer in Brooklyn NY, 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 where they 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 BushCynthia 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 fishingJulianna Fischer is a Community Organizer focusing on our food justice work. She grew up on the coast of Southern Maine, working at her family’s seafood restaurant from a young age. She recently moved from Washington State back to 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 the 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.

Amy MacKnownAmy MacKown, Community Organizer

Amy is a community organizer at NAMA focusing on our communications strategies. Although she currently lives in Rhode Island, Amy hails from Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay region. She began her career in D.C. with a fellowship position in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Response and Restoration where she worked on oil spill restoration policies geared at protecting the health of Atlantic fisheries. She further established her policy background as a graduate research fellow and communications associate with a national policy non-profit.

Amy then worked in the National Wildlife Refuges of the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions conducting salt marsh ecology research with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. From there she served as a Fisheries Specialist with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management where she worked closely with the commercial fishing industry. These experiences launched her into an Executive Director role with the East Farm Commercial Fisheries Center where she continued to work closely with the commercial fishing community.

Throughout her career Amy has been a supporter of sustainable fisheries and local food systems—a mentality solidified while growing up on an island in the Chesapeake Bay where commercial fishing is a common and respected way of life.

Amy holds a masters in Environmental Policy from the University of Maryland and a graduate certificate in Ecological Economics. In 2015 she was presented the Promoting Our Natural Resources Award by the U.S. Department of the Interior in recognition of her work in the National Wildlife Refuges of New England and the Mid-Atlantic.