Jackie Odell



Jackie Odell


Executive Director


Northeast Seafood Coalition

Biographical Info

Jackie Odell joined the Northeast Seafood Coalition as executive director in September 2003 and was the organization’s 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 NSC at the local, state, and federal levels, Odell works with the NSC policy team and Board of Directors to find workable 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 Worcester Academy (class 1992), Providence College (class 1996) where she received a Bachelor of Arts – an Individualized Major based in Biology and Environmental Studies and she 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.

Jackie’s work pertaining to legal, environmental, and social consequences in managing offshore wind developments in the United States was published in Ocean & Coastal Management (2004). She co-authored a chapter, Stakeholder Participation in Management Science, in a book titled Management Science in Fisheries:  A practical introduction to simulation based methods (2015).  She also presented her paper, Rebuilding Program Requirements and Timelines: A Perspective from Northeast Commercial Groundfish Fishery, at the Managing our Nations Fisheries Conference in Washington, D. C. May, 2013.