NFI hires new director of public policy
U.S. seafood trade group National Fisheries Institute (NFI) has hired Morgan Bell to serve as its new director of public policy.
Bell is a former staff member of U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Massachusetts), where she served as both the regional director and as a fisheries policy advisor to the congressman. She holds a master's degree from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of International Affairs, and grew up in Massachusetts.
“We’re thrilled to have Morgan on board,” NFI Vice President for Government Affairs Robert DeHaan said. “She brings a unique perspective to our work that combines fisheries policy and sustainability with trade and commerce. It’s a valuable mix that will greatly benefit NFI’s members.”
Seafood has been a part of her career since the start, Bell said.
“From policy and funding matters on [Capitol] Hill, to promotion of sustainable aquaculture and blue technology innovation, seafood is a common thread running through my professional and academic work as well as my personal background,” she said. “Joining NFI is a natural next step, and I am excited about the challenge.”
NFI Chairman and Seattle Fish President and CEO Derek Figueroa said that breadth of knowledge will be valuable for the organization.
“Morgan was the local, district, and federal fisheries liaison for a [Capitol] Hill office. She knows fisheries from water to table,” Figueroa said. “Seafood isn’t just wild-capture or aquaculture, imports or exports. It’s all of those things. Having a professional who understands that policy impacts the entire value chain is vital. I am excited to see Morgan bring her expertise and passion to NFI’s important work representing our members.”
Photo courtesy of the National Fisheries Institute