President, International Seafood Sustainability Foundation
Susan Jackson is President of ISSF, a global partnership among scientists, tuna processors and environmental non-profits to undertake science-based initiatives for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of tuna stocks, reducing bycatch and promoting a healthy marine ecosystem.
Prior to joining ISSF, Jackson was the Vice President for Government/Industry Relations and Seafood Sourcing for Del Monte Foods, where her responsibilities included government relations at the Federal, State and Local levels, and acting as Del Monte’s representative to trade and industry associations. Jackson was also responsible for the purchase of all raw tuna and tuna co-pack manufacturing for Del Monte’s StarKist brand. Jackson joined the H.J. Heinz Company in 1997 as an Attorney in the Law Department, later working with the company’s seafood sourcing and other areas of procurement.
Jackson graduated from The University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in Economics and received her law degree from Duke University.
Vice President, Science
In addition to his work as Vice President, Science, Dr. Restrepo currently serves as Chair of the ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee and as a member of the ISSF Board of Directors. Previously, he worked with the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).
Dr. Restrepo has also served as the Chief of the NOAA/NMFS Sustainable Fisheries Division in the southeast USA, where he acted as head scientist of the USA Delegation to ICCAT. He has also spent time as a Population Dynamics Expert at ICCAT, as an Associate Professor at the University of Miami and as an IPA Research Specialist at the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Office of Science and Technology in Silver Spring, USA. He has also attended numerous scientific meetings of ICCAT, ICES, NAFO, FAO and US, and chaired ICCAT working groups on Precautionary Approach and Stock Assessment Methods. In addition, he has also served as the Chairman of GFCM-ICCAT working group on Mediterranean Large Pelagic Fishes.
Dr. Restrepo holds a PhD in Population Dynamics from the University of Miami, as well as a BSc in Marine Science and Biology from the University of Miami.
Vice President, Policy and Outreach
As Vice President of Policy and Outreach, Holly Koehler leads ISSF’s outreach to RFMOs, governments, NGOs, vessel interests and retailers. Koehler began working with ISSF in 2013 as a Senior Policy Advisor, and joined the organization full time in 2014. Prior to consulting with ISSF, Koehler worked at the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Marine Conservation for thirteen years, where she was actively engaged in the conservation and management of fisheries regionally in the Pacific and globally at the United Nations and FAO.
Koehler earned a Masters of Public Affairs and a Masters of Science in Environmental Science from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Bloomington and a B.A. in anthropology from Kenyon College.
Mary Beth Taylor
Vice President, Transparency & Compliance and General Counsel
Mary Beth Taylor was most recently Assistant General Counsel – Compliance with United States Steel Corporation, an integrated steel producer headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with facilities located in the United States, Canada and the Slovak Republic. In that position, she had broad responsibility for ethics and compliance issues corporate-wide, including the development and implementation of policies and procedures. She is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional and a member of the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics and the Pittsburgh Business Ethics Network.
Taylor received a B.A. in Journalism and Communications from Point Park University and worked as a general assignment reporter for The Tribune-Review in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, for three years. She then attained a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She began her legal career in the Public Defender’s Office of Allegheny County followed by two years as an Assistant District Attorney in Westmoreland County. Taylor joined U. S. Steel Law Department in 1985 as a litigator and defended the corporation in a variety of legal matters including employment discrimination, pension claims, product liability and personal injury claims, and commercial disputes. She also provided counseling on various corporate issues, before her last assignment as the head of the ethics and compliance function.
Vice President, Communications
As Vice President, Communications, Mary Sestric directs ISSF’s communications strategy and manages the organization’s varied and integrated communications products and services. Prior to joining ISSF in January 2014, Sestric was Director of Corporate Affairs at StarKist Co., where she led the company’s government relations, issues and crisis communications, brand public relations, media relations and consumer affairs. Prior to joining StarKist in 2008, Sestric was a member of the Corporate Communications team at Del Monte Foods managing similar areas.
Sestric began her career in communications in the Washington, D.C. area in 2000, publicizing academic and mainstream non-fiction books at the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group and, later, at the Johns Hopkins University Press. She holds a B.A. from Duquesne University in Journalism and Spanish.
Vice President, Finance
Pat Moody is Vice President of Finance, managing ISSF financial and administrative functions, including accounting, budgeting, treasury, taxes, grant financial reporting, information systems, and human resources.
Prior to joining ISSF, Moody held various financial and operations roles during a 31 year career in consumer products and packaged convenience foods. Most recently, Moody served as the StarKist Senior Vice President Supply Chain from 2010 to 2012 and was the StarKist Chief Financial Officer from 2008 to 2010. Other previous employers include Demonte Foods, H.J. Heinz, Quaker Oats, Anderson Clayton, and General Foods.
Moody holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Eastern Illinois University.
Lynne Mandel joined ISSF in 2014 and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of ISSF across all of the Foundation’s strategic pillars. Mandel has more than 20 years’ experience with the Pittsburgh law firm of Burns White, LLC, where she
served as paralegal and paralegal manager. Mandel also specialized in database management and integrity, client reporting, and served as an in-house resource for attorneys, clients and staff. She worked most closely with the transportation defense team and their occupational claims department.
Mandel received her B.A. in Foreign Service & International Politics from Pennsylvania State University.
Ana Justel-Rubio joined ISSF in 2014 as scientific research assistant. Prior to ISSF, she worked for more than two years at ICCAT’s Secretariat, where she was employed since October 2011 as a Technical Research Assistant under the Atlantic Research Program for Bluefin tuna (GBYP). There she was responsible for data management and analysis of input data from the multiple research activities and projects of the GBYP. Previously, Justel-Rubio worked in WildCRU (Oxford University Zoology Department, UK), where she collaborated as a Research Assistant in two Endangered Species Conservation Programs.
Ana holds a BSc in Environmental Science (Universidad Autónoma Madrid, Spain), an MSc in Quality and Environment Management (Servicios Normativos, Spain) and is currently studying an MSc in ArcGIS Geographic Information Systems (ESRI).
Markets Outreach Associate
Joe Clancy is a Retail Education Associate for ISSF who interacts with key retailers in North America, Europe, and the U.K. Prior to joining ISSF, Clancy was the Vice President of Retail Sales for Chicken of the Sea International, where he was responsible for growing sales and market share in the retail grocery channel. He started his career in the tuna industry with the H.J. Heinz Company’s StarKist brand where he led the Sales & Marketing Team as the Senior Vice President of the Americas.
Clancy graduated from Oakland University with a B.A. in Psychology.
Markets Outreach Associate
Michael Cohen is the ISSF Retail Education Associate for Europe and Africa. He joins ISSF from his career as a management consultant in the field of sustainable business development. He provided strategic guidance, operational capacity building and marketing support to international agencies, multi-national corporations and grassroots social enterprises.
Prior to this experience, Cohen was the General Manager, International Business Development at the H.J. Heinz Company. Working on growth assignments in the U.S., Europe, Africa and South America, he was responsible for business planning, product development, process design, strategic alliances and marketing. Cohen worked in client service at DDB Needham Advertising before joining Heinz.
Cohen was born in Buffalo, New York. He was graduated from Brown University with a BA in History, magna cum laude. He is based in Cape Town, South Africa.