Northeast Seafood Coalition
Jackie Odell joined the Northeast Seafood Coalition as executive director in September 2003 and was the organizations only full-time employee until May 2012. In her tenure, Odell has consistently guided the NSC membership through significant and often turbulent fisheries policy and regulatory challenges. While representing the Coalition at the local, state, and federal levels, Odell works with the Coalition’s policy team and Board of Directors to find solutions for the industry and NSC members.
As executive director, Odell manages the day-to-day operations for the Coalition, coordinates and oversees efforts regarding policy and political initiatives, communications and public relations, and scientific engagements. In addition, she works collaboratively with the Northeast Sector Service Network and other external organizations.
Odell is an alumna of Providence College, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Environmental Studies and holds a Master of Arts in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island, where she focused her thesis work on the perception of legitimacy in fisheries management.
Prior to joining the NSC, she worked for Perot Government Services, under the guidance of NOAA Fisheries Service, as a coordinator for the study fleet program; Rhode Island Sea Grant for a New England state-sponsored fishermen’s gear workshop designed to reduce northern right whale entanglements; as a research assistant for both the Coastal Institute and the Massachusetts’s Fishermen’s Partnership Community’s Panel initiative; as a consultant with the International Finance Corporation to assess the status of a crayfish fishery in Madagascar; and as a Rhode Island Senate Policy Fellow and Intern for NOAA Fisheries Protected Resources Division. Her work pertaining to legal, environmental, and social consequences in managing offshore wind developments in the United States has been published in Ocean & Coastal Management.