About Us

The Fisheries Leadership & Sustainability Forum (Fisheries Forum) is a small, policy-neutral organization that supports the regional fishery management council process. We help create opportunities for problem solving and discussion in support of the council process, and provide a neutral interface among councils and their management partners, including NOAA Fisheries. The Fisheries Forum brings valuable convening and facilitation capacity to a wide range of timely regional and national topics, and provides a variety of services and products including national forums, council support and cross-regional collaborations.

The Fisheries Forum is housed within Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. The Fisheries Forum team is a small, dedicated staff of two. We work remotely from east and west coast locations.

Our Team

Katie Latanich, Co-Director
katie.latanich@duke.edu • (252) 504-7642

Katie Latanich has worked with the Fisheries Forum staff since 2009. As Co-Director, Katie shares oversight of the strategic direction and financial management of the Fisheries Forum’s portfolio, and leads the substantive development and facilitation of forums, regional workshops, and consulting projects. Katie’s recent work has focused on management goals and objectives, risk-based management and management strategy evaluation, climate change and governance, and habitat conservation.

Katie earned her BA in Environmental Science and Policy and Political Science from Duke University, and a Master’s degree in coastal environmental policy from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Katie is based at the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort, North Carolina.

Kim Gordon, Co-Director
kim.gordon@duke.edu • (858) 204-6175

Kim Gordon has worked with the Fisheries Forum staff since 2009. As Co-Director, Kim shares oversight of the strategic direction and financial management of the Fisheries Forum’s portfolio, and leads the substantive development and facilitation of forums, regional workshops, and consulting projects. Kim’s recent work has focused on the performance of regional management programs, and the use of innovative management approaches including adaptive management, co-management, cooperative research, and opportunities for responsiveness in the council process.

Kim received a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and a Master’s degree in coastal environmental policy from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Kim is based in Monterey, California.

Former staff

Caitlin Hamer, Policy Analyst (former)

Caitlin Hamer worked with the Fisheries Forum as our policy analyst from 2013 to 2017. In this role, Caitlin helped lead and support a broad range of Fisheries Forum projects through research, facilitation, and event planning. Caitlin’s most recent work focused on climate change and the development of management goals and objectives.

Prior to joining the Fisheries Forum, Caitlin worked as a biologist for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at the Grand Isle Fisheries Research Laboratory. Caitlin received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of New Hampshire, and completed her Master’s degree in coastal environmental management at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment.

We’re thankful for Caitlin’s partnership and her valuable contributions to the Fisheries Forum’s work! She lives in Charleston, South Carolina and can be reached at hamer.caitlin@gmail.com.