Our Staff


Brett Tolley, National Program Coordinator

aBrett (he/him) 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.


Danielle Tolley, Development Coordinator Danielle

Danielle has worn many hats within the non-profit world for nearly 20 years. From arts organizations to community development organizations, she's worked producing Off-Broadway theatre, running health and media-literacy education programs for teenage girls in NYC, and served for many years as an ESL, High School Equivalency, and Soft Skills adult educator in Brooklyn. Prior to joining the NAMA team, Danielle co-founded and served as the Executive Director for Pilgrim's Landing Cape Cod, a non-profit center working at the intersection of spirituality, education, and social justice. 

Drawing on her career as a former actor, writer, producer, and sketch and improv comedian, she attempts to infuse a sense of lightness and creativity into her work with NAMA recognizing the healing power of laughter and transformative possibilities of storytelling. She received a BFA in Acting from Elon University in North Carolina and is originally from Cleveland, OH. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband and two children and is a member of the fisherfolk band, SeaFire Kids. 


Estefanía Narvaéz, Digital Organizer

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Feini Yin, Media Coordinator

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Jennifer Halstead, Community Organizer - Outreach and Communications Jennifer Halstead, Program Assistant

Jen (she/her) is NAMA's Community Organizer, focusing on Outreach and Communications. While she's involved in several projects, she works closely with Slow Fish North America and One Fish Foundation. 

Previously, Jen studied at Great Bay Community College where she obtained her associate degree in Environmental Studies. Following some time at University of New Hampshire, where she focused on marine and freshwater biology, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science at Southern New Hampshire University. 

Prior to NAMA, Jen completed several marine-center research projects throughout her studies with support from NH EPSCoR and NH SeaGrant. She also spent time on the team at NERACOOS, focusing on the NECAN project, and worked in a water quality lab on Great Bay in NH. After spending time at Shoal's Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island, Jen shifted her focus to sustainable fisheries. 

In her downtime, Jen can usually be found painting, but also enjoys videos games, and spending time outdoors, primarily on the rocky coastlines of Maine and New Hampshire, with her partner Alex, and their handsome dog, Hugo. 


Joanna Russo, Operations Assistant

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Jon Russell, Food Justice Organizer

Jon (he/him) is NAMA's Food Justice Organizer. he's focusing on supporting the fights of BPOC food providers andJon Russell, Food Justice Organizer movement building to bring more folks into supporting BIPOC resistance. Jon was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and eventually found his way up to Boston, MA (Wampanoag and Massachusett land). In the 5 years Jon has lived in Boston he has spent his time within the music and food/land justice communities. 

To Jon, music and activism should be no different. Jon tries to blend the worlds together because if we're trying to build what we want our futures to be, there's not future without art, and art is the vanguard of resistance. In 2019 Jon worked with Rochester City Ballet to created a piece reflecting the trauma induced by modern Individualism called, Tunnel Vision, which he was the composer. He's also in a band The C.O.M.P (Cultures of Mixed People), where they write about the mixed race experience and use it to amplify the message for Black Liberation and Indigenous Sovereignty. 

Between performing music at protests, creating shows to raise funds for Palestinian farmers, using their music to radicalize and energize their audiences The C.O.M.P keeps busy in the local organizing scene. Jon has organized actions in Boston around Food/Land justice, Palestinian and Black liberation, Indigenous Sovereignty, and the Climate Crisis. 

To end, Jon wants to share a section of lyrics from The C.O.M.P's song 'Come With Us'

Don't let those underneath your skin
Define,
Your mind
Or the, colors within you
There's so many shades
We can see
Not Colorblind
Just free
We're so much more than just the skin they see
We'll keep on fighting till we all get Free


Niaz Dorry, Coordinating Director

Niaz (she/her) moved to Gloucester, Massachusetts - the oldest settled fishing port in the U.S. - in 1994 whenNiaz Dorry 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.

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. She currently serves on the Food Solutions New England's Steering Committee.


Ann Robertson, Policy Consultant, AKWA-DC

Ann Robertson, AKWA-DCAnn Robertson recently joined AKWA-DC after serving three years in the Office of Senator Lisa Murkowski as a Sea Grant Fellow and subsequently as the Senator’s fisheries advisor. Prior to working in the Senator’s office, she spent four years as a research contractor with the Alaska Fisheries Science Center (NOAA) while also working as a deckhand in the Southeast Alaska gillnet fishery. In 2016, Ann worked as a policy intern in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Division of Energy and Environment, supporting the President’s Arctic Executive Steering Committee.                                                    

Hailing from Juneau, Ann brings a practical blend of scientific expertise, hands-on commercial fishing experience, extensive community stakeholder and policymaker connections, and a deep understanding of State and Federal fish policy. Ann holds a BA in Earth Science from Vassar College and a Master’s in Environmental Management from the Yale School of the Environment.

 

 


Ephraim Froehlich, Policy Consultant, AKWA-DC

Ephraim Froehlich leverages more than a decade of experience as a policy expert and relationships Ephraim Froehlich, AKWA-DCdeveloped at the highest levels of government to achieve legislative and regulatory results. He was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska. He holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. Froehlich worked for United States Senator Lisa Murkowski in Washington, D.C., as lead policy advisor on fisheries, wildlife, maritime transportation, environmental change, and the Arctic. He next joined Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s administration as senior advisor on fish and game and as the deputy director of federal relations. In 2018, Froehlich served on the board of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. Froehlich founded AKWA-DC LLC in 2019, a policy consulting firm focused on fisheries, maritime, and the environment. He enjoys getting outside whenever possible with his sons and partner to camp, hike, and fish and is an avid soccer and basketball player.

 

 

 


Ryan Bradley, Policy Consultant, The APEX Group

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