Niaz Dorry, Coordinating Director
Niaz moved to Gloucester, Massachusetts - the oldest settled fishing port in the U.S. - in 1994 when she decided to work on fisheries issues. She has been a community organizer for over 30 years working on environmental, social, and economic justice issues. The life changing moment came in 1994 when as a Greenpeace campaigner she switched from organizing in communities fighting for environmental justice to organizing fishing communities. From the start she recognized the similarities between family farmers’ fight for a more just and ecologically responsible land-based food system and that of community-based fishermen fighting to fix the broken sea-based food system.
She has been serving as NAMA's coordinating director since 2008. One of the first things NAMA did after Niaz took the helm was to join the National Family Farm Coalition as its first non-farming member. The two organizations entered into an innovative shared-leadership model on May 1, 2018, putting Niaz in the new role of serving the work of both organizations and further cementing the relationship and interdependence between land and sea.
Time Magazine named Niaz as a Hero For The Planet for her work with small-scale, traditional, and indigenous fishing communities to fight against the corporate takeover of the ocean and privatization of the marine environment and fishing rights. 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.
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, National Program Coordinator
Brett 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.
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.
Recently Brett spoke at the United Nations Oceans Conference.
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 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 currently lives in Biddeford, Maine.
Julianna has a degree in Environmental & Energy Policy from Western Washington University. 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. Julianna currently serves as Co-Coordinator of the Northeast Region of the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance and is on the Network Team of Food Solutions New England.
Julianna sees tremendous power in collective action and intersectional justice and is thrilled to be working with an organization that shares this vision.
Rosanna Marie Neil, Policy Counsel
Rosanna serves as Policy Counsel at the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance and helps to lead NAMA's ocean, fisheries and food policy work. Her advocacy work involves managing relations with congressional offices and collaborating with allies to address a range of issues, including industrial fish farming, seafood fraud, and economic impacts of fisheries policies on independent fishermen.
Previously, Rosanna directed a nonprofit program called the Sustainable World Initiative, where she was actively involved in advocacy at the United Nations on human rights and environmental policy, and played an influential role in shaping the global development agenda. Earlier in her career, she worked in private practice for several years, specializing in commercial litigation, international trade, international arbitration, and antitrust and competition, while maintaining a robust docket of pro bono cases. She also completed a year-long public interest fellowship at a civil rights organization.
Rosanna earned a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Howard University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. During her legal studies, Rosanna was deeply engaged in international human rights and gained substantial clinical experience, including civil rights advocacy in Argentina, aboriginal rights advocacy in Australia, and anti-apartheid litigation in South Africa.
Heidi Anne Rogers, Communications Coordinator
Heidi is NAMA’s Communication Coordinator. Her work centers around cultivating the best digital and traditional communication strategies in order to expand NAMA’s reach and increase engagement. Prior to NAMA, she gained her experience leading over sixty campaigns, creating websites, writing and producing numerous video series, and developing print and digital advertising. As a multi-racial Japanese, queer woman, Heidi’s work is focused on racial equity. She is committed to social justice and grassroots organizing, believing the most generative work is community-based and community-led. Spending her childhood in Southern California, her love for the ocean was cemented at a very young age.
Heidi graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2012 with a B.S. in Organizational Communication and with a love for language (both human and computer). She’s currently working on her Master’s degree in Media and Public Engagement at CU Boulder where her work is focused on building a multimedia platform to reclaim Asian American history and identity. As an artist, activist, and campaigner, she thrives in a creative setting where art and social change intersect.
Central to her work is the advocacy and empowerment of Asian American and Pacific Islander (API) women and girls. As the chair for the Nashville branch of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), she has facilitated their mission to create a space for API women to come together in community and create social change through education, direct action, and advocacy.
In her downtime, she practices baptiste hot yoga, enjoys eating, and spends time outside as much as possible. She is an avid reader and Smash Bros’ N64 champ.