Jeff began his career with NOAA in 2009 as the Division Coordinator for the Fisheries Resource Analysis and Monitoring Division. He received a B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan in 1992, and a Masters of Science in Forest Management from the University of Washington in 1999. His Master's Thesis focused on the monitoring methods used to evaluate salmon habitat restoration and enhancement projects in Washington State. Jeff has also served as the coordinator of a regional watershed council in Oregon and as the Executive Director of Seattle Urban Nature Project, a non-profit organization focused on maintaining the health of Seattle's greenspaces through implementation of vegetation surveys and GIS analysis (now merged with Earth Corps). Most recently prior to joining NOAA, Jeff served as a watershed lead for the Washington State Department of Ecology (Northwest Region), serving Kitsap, King and San Juan counties, delivering technical advice and funding for water resource and watershed management projects.
As Division Coordinator, Jeff oversees the day-to-day administrative operation of the division, including operations, management, budgeting, and personnel. He supports six programs: Fisheries Research Surveys, Fisheries Observation Science, Fisheries Engineering and Acoustic Technology, Population Ecology, Economic and Social Science Research, and Marine Habitat Ecology.
In November of 2012, Jeff served in a six month rotation with the Protected Resources Division at the regional office in Portland, Oregon. He oversaw the completion of the Lower Columbia Recovery Plan for Salmon and Steelhead, including the development of the "response to comments" document required to answer public concerns regarding the plan.
From March through July 2015, Jeff served as Acting Chief of Staff for Chief Scientist of NOAA Fisheries, Dr. Richard Merrick in Silver Spring, Maryland. He assisted Dr. Merrick on a wide range of fisheries issues, with a specific focus on the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP).