The ISSF team engages all constituencies in dialogue and projects that advance ISSF objectives. We serve as a global bridge among industry, environmental stakeholders, scientists, and RFMOs and their members.

Whether participating in global tuna RFMO meetings, directing at-sea research or organizing workshops that directly engage ISSF stakeholders, our staff is charged with advancing the organization’s mission and goals, while keeping the day-to-day business of ISSF on track.

Importantly, the team is committed to tracking and communicating progress made against ISSF initiatives and participating company commitments.

OUR TEAM

Susan Jackson President

Susan Jackson is president of ISSF, a global partnership among scientists, tuna processors, and environmental nonprofits …More 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 BS in economics and received her law degree from Duke University.

Holly Koehler Vice President, Policy and Outreach

As vice president of policy and outreach, Holly Koehler leads ISSF’s outreach to RFMOs, governments, NGOs, vessel …More interests, and retailers. Prior to consulting with ISSF, Koehler worked at the US 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 master of public affairs and a master of science in environmental science from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington and a BA in anthropology from Kenyon College.

Dr. Victor Restrepo Vice President, Science

In addition to his work as vice president, science, Dr. Restrepo currently serves as chair of the ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee…More 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 US, 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, Maryland. 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.

Mary Beth Taylor Vice President, Transparency & Compliance and General Counsel

Mary Beth Taylor is charged with ensuring participating company compliance …More with all ISSF conservation measures and commitments, as well as tracking success against stated objectives at the ISSF program and initiative level, especially the ProActive Vessel Register. Also serving as general counsel for the organization, Taylor was most recently assistant general counsel – compliance with United States Steel Corporation. 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 BA 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 Allegheny County Public Defender’s Office, followed by two years as an assistant district attorney in Westmoreland County. Taylor joined United States 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.

Mary Sestric Vice President, Communications

As vice president, communications, Mary Sestric directs ISSF’s communications strategy and manages …More the organization’s varied and integrated communications products and services, from the ISSF website to ISSF blogs, articles, and multimedia presentations. Prior to joining ISSF, 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, 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, publicizing academic and mainstream nonfiction books at the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group and, later, at the Johns Hopkins University Press. She holds a BA from Duquesne University in journalism and Spanish.

Pat Moody Vice President, Finance

Pat Moody is vice president of finance, managing ISSF financial and administrative functions, …More 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 Del Monte 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 Manager, Operations and Company Services

Lynne Mandel is responsible for the day-to-day operations of ISSF across all of the Foundation’s strategic …More pillars. She also handles inquiries regarding ISSF and ISSA membership and manages the onboarding of new participating companies. Mandel had more than 20 years of 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 BA in foreign service and international politics from Pennsylvania State University.

Ana Justel-Rubio Research Assistant

Ana Justel-Rubio’s duties range from scientific publications management to research support …More for the organization. Prior to ISSF, she worked for more than two years at ICCAT’s Secretariat, where she was employed as a technical research assistant under the Atlantic-wide research program for bluefin tuna (Grande Bluefin Tuna Year Programme, or 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.
Justel-Rubio holds a BSc in environmental science (Universidad Autónoma Madrid, Spain), an MSc in quality and environment management (Servicios Normativos, Spain) and an MSc in ArcGIS Geographic Information Systems (ESRI).

Joe Clancy Markets Outreach Associate

Joe Clancy is a retail education associate for ISSF who interacts with key retailers in North America, …More Europe, and the UK. 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 and marketing team as the senior vice president of the Americas. Clancy graduated from Oakland University with a BA in psychology.

Michael Cohen Markets Outreach Associate

Michael Cohen is the ISSF retail education associate for Europe and Africa. He joined ISSF after a career …More 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 US, 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.