Jeremy Woodrow, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Communications Program director, will serve as the group’s interim executive director.

The ASMI board met Monday morning, Nov. 19, to vote on a temporary replacement for outgoing Executive Director Alexa Tonkovich.

“After a robust deliberative process, the ASMI board selected Jeremy Woodrow to be the interim director working collaboratively with program directors to move ASMI toward the selection of a permanent director. The board is pleased with Jeremy’s priorities and vision to work with all ASMI members to forge our future,” said board member Duncan Fields of Kodiak, Alaska.

Woodrow has been serving as ASMI’s communications director since January 2017. Raised in Juneau in a commercial fishing family, Woodrow first worked with ASMI as a Communications Program intern, then as a staff member of the PR agency Schiedermayer & Associates Alaska, which contracted with ASMI.

Woodrow also worked for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities as its communications officer.

The ASMI board is expected to submit a request for proposals for a permanent executive director soon.

“The board met this morning, and they wanted to know that they had staff in place to continue forward with the ASMI mission,” said Woodrow at Pacific Marine Expo. “We have a great staff. It’s not going to be a one-person job. It’s a group effort.”


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Jessica Hathaway is the former editor in chief of National Fisherman.

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