Alexa came to GMRI in 2009 with 20 years of business, strategic planning, public relations and community outreach experience. In her role as GMRIs Community Training and Outreach Program Manager, she focuses on the development of science education & professional training programs for the commercial fishing industries, as well as neutral convening and facilitation. She manages the well-known Marine Resource Education Program (MREP). Prior to GMRI, she worked for a wide range of organizations, including: Maine Huts & Trails, L.L. Bean, MapInfo Corporation, and she started up and operated her own profitable Route 1 retail business in Maine for many years.
Alexa holds an M.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern Maine, and a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan. Her graduate research focus was the development of biological control for Eurasian Milfoil, an aggressive aquatic invasive species. She also conducted ecological research at the Wells NERRS site to look at the effects of nutrient amendment on community composition of New England salt marshes; publication of this work is currently pending,
Alexa has a true passion for the outdoors and enjoys listening to people. She spends her free time boating, biking and hiking, and exploring the ocean, lakes, mountains, and rivers of Maine with her two boys. She volunteers her time to help get kids of all means outside through her work as a Board member with Winter Kids, and she dedicates many winter days each year as an Emergency first aid responder with the Sugarloaf/USA Ski Patrol.