Albert Arthur, Fishery Improvement Project Analyst
Albert Arthur is the Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) Reviewer for FisheryProgress. His primary role is to assure that FIPs on the website are accurate and provide full documentation and evidence of their status and progress. Albert has more than 20 years of national and international experience in fisheries biology, management, and sustainability. Before joining FishChoice in 2016, Albert worked for NOAA Fisheries and served as a consultant for FishWise and the Marine Stewardship Council. He also worked as a Quality Assurance Team Leader at Select Fish - Whole Foods Market. Originally from Chile, Albert has also served as a member of the Chilean delegation for the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation and its Scientific Committee. He also worked in Chile as a lobbyist advocating for legislation to achieve a transparent and accountable fisheries management system. Albert holds a Master of Marine Affairs degree from the University of Washington and a B.S in Marine biology from the University of Concepción, Chile.
Richard Boot, Chief Executive Officer
Richard Boot is the founder and CEO of FishChoice. Prior to founding FishChoice in 2008, Richard worked as Director of Operations for FishWise (Sustainable Fishery Advocates). At FishWise, he developed training and implementation programs for use in grocery stores’ meat and seafood departments. Richard has formed collaborations with national environmental NGOs on a variety of subjects including mercury labeling and education and sourcing of environmentally preferable seafood products. Richard serves on the Steering Committee for the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions and was a Seafood Champion finalist in 2016. Before getting involved with the sustainable seafood movement, Richard graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in Business Economics. He managed large restaurants for Chart House Inc. and Landry’s and has worked as chef, buyer, and kitchen manager in the hospitality industry.
Brett Galimidi, Director of Technology
Brett Galimidi is the Director of Technology at FishChoice. Brett focuses on designing and implementing technology tools to enable FishChoice’s sustainability and business-focused programs while also maintaining and improving FishChoice.com and FisheryProgress.org. Prior to FishChoice, Brett ran his own consulting business, Digital Timber, which was designed specifically to bring practical technology tools to conservation work. He has worked on numerous tech projects in the ocean conservation community and other environmental issues such as sugarcane and palm oil, as well as STEM education and social metrics. Brett has worked at the intersection of technology and sustainability for 13 years since getting his master’s degree in environment management for from Yale University. Brett likes to nerd out on all things music, nature, comedy, and travel.
Margaret Gilroy, Program Coordinator
Margaret Gilroy is the Program Coordinator at FishChoice. She has worked on various marine conservation projects, including a queen conch population study in the Bahamas for the Cape Eleuthera Institute and a vulnerability assessment of bivalves to ocean acidification for the United States Environmental Protection Agency. She was also a consultant for the Natural Resources Defense Council on an international marine mammal bycatch project and co-authored their Net Loss report. Prior to joining FishChoice, she held different positions in the media industry where she helped coordinate and manage client campaigns. Margaret holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from the College of the Holy Cross and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University. Margaret owns multiple octopus home decor items and loves the color green.
Cynthia Hsia, Data Analyst
Cynthia Hsia is a Data Analyst at FishChoice. Cynthia has a background in behavioral decision research and originally started her career in the automotive industry before transitioning into marine conservation. Upon completing her Master's degree at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, she began working at the intersection of seafood, science, fisheries, and culinary applications with a collaborative team at NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center and Catalina Offshore Products, planning and organizing a large, public-facing Ocean to Table event as the final portion of a NOAA Saltonstall-Kennedy grant. Cynthia is also the Seafood Liaison co-chair on the Slow Food Urban San Diego board, strengthening her relationships with fishermen, seafood suppliers, scientists, and chefs. She holds a B.S. in Decision Science from Carnegie Mellon University and a MAS in Marine Biodiversity & Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. When she's not outdoors or in the water, Cynthia spends her time sewing and leatherworking.
Tim Mullin, Program Manager
Tim Mullin is the Program Manager for FishChoice. Prior to joining FishChoice, Tim was a Project Associate and Fellow at Meridian Institute where he worked on national and regional ocean, coastal, and watershed policy issues. His work at Meridian includes the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, a collaborative effort of the US Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Oceans Commission, and the National Ocean Policy Implementation Initiative. He has also worked at Mote Marine Laboratory, where he assisted in research involving sustainable aquaculture and fisheries stock enhancement and as a professional research assistant at James Cook University’s Fishing and Fisheries Research Centre, where he worked on studies related to habitat usage and fisheries management of Australia’s sharks and rays. Tim graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in environmental studies.
Jeremy Rude, Fishery Improvement Project Analyst
Jeremy Rude is a Fishery Improvement Project Analyst with FisheryProgress. His primary role is to ensure that the information on FisheryProgress is consistent, accurate, and provides full documentation and evidence of their status and progress. Jeremy has more than seven years of experience in marine conservation, with specialized experience in strategy development, data analysis, and grant writing. Prior to working with FishChoice, Jeremy worked at The Nature Conservancy where he supported its global fisheries strategy and fisheries field projects across Asia, the Pacific Islands, South America, the Caribbean, and Africa. Jeremy earned his Master’s degree in Coastal Marine Resource Management from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Kristin Sherwood, Program Director
Kristin Sherwood is a Program Director at FishChoice, and her primary role is leading FisheryProgress. Kristin also helps to build organizational strategy, monitoring/evaluation and foundation relationships at FishChoice. Kristin has more than 15 years of experience in international marine and coastal conservation, with a specific focus on strategic planning, capacity building, partnership development and grant-making. Before joining FishChoice, Kristin ran the Conservation Partnership Initiative for The Nature Conservancy, and prior to that, she was a Program Officer at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Earlier in her career, she worked with IUCN’s marine program and spent a number of years doing research, supporting small non-profits and diving in the Pacific. Kristin holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Resource Management from James Cook University in Australia.
Mary Stevens, Operations Manager
Mary Stevens is the Operations Manager for FishChoice. Before joining the team at FishChoice in 2015, Mary worked as the Digital Content Manager for the City of Boston, managing all content for Boston.gov and its digital marketing initiatives. It was during this time that she became interested in sustainable food issues while assisting on projects for the Office of Food Initiatives. In addition to working in government technology, Mary spent six years working with the Boston Election Department helping to facilitate all local elections, as well as managing marketing campaigns to drive increased voter participation. Mary graduated with a B.A. in International Relations from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts.