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January 30, 2020

NPRB announces new Executive Director Lynn Palensky

The North Pacific Research Board is pleased to announce that Lynn Palensky will join NPRB as its next Executive Director on March 16, 2020.  Lynn brings twenty-plus years of fisheries-related grants and program management experience, most recently with the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council in Portland, OR.  Her engagement with multi-agency and multi-organization fish and wildlife programs in the Pacific Northwest includes issues of fish habitat, species interactions, ecosystem function, ocean and estuary science, climate change impacts, artificial production, harvest and fisheries enforcement, and food webs. Over her career, Lynn has focused on bridging the gap from science to policy and implementation – collaborating with tribal and state fish and wildlife managers, policy makers, consultants, and scientists at the interface between science, policy, and implementation.  She has worked as a biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries from the University of Washington, College of Ocean and Fisheries Science, and a Master of Public Administration from Troy University.  Lynn is an avid fly fisher and SCUBA diver and is a PADI certified Divemaster.  The Board is delighted that Lynn will bring her range of talents to NPRB.


The Board also wishes to thank Betsy Baker for her years of exemplary service to NPRB. Under her leadership, the Board adopted a Strategic Plan, added a seat in Indigenous Scholarship to the Science Panel, committed to funding a new Integrated Ecosystem Research Program centered in the Northern Bering Sea, strengthened the board member appointment and proposal submission processes, and identified new partnerships to help ensure the financial and in-kind resources to continue as a reliable source of funding for fisheries and ecosystem science in the marine waters surrounding Alaska. We wish her the best in her future endeavors.