Alexa came to GMRI in 2009 with 20 years of business, strategic planning, public relations and community outreach experience. In her role as GMRI’s MREP Senior 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 around fisheries science and management and policy issues. Her work spans multiple geographies, including the Northeast, Southeast, Pacific fishery regions as well as England and Scotland. Prior to GMRI, she worked for a wide range of organizations as a business developer and generated demand for a number 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, a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Fisheries Science, Policy and Resource Economics from the University of Maine. Her Masters 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. Her Ph.D. thesis evaluated the economic impacts of a changing climate on the production rates and profitability of the Maine Lobster fishery.