Mariel joined Oceana Pacific’s legal team in 2014 to advocate for sound, science-based management of ocean resources and habitat. Her work is focused on the important fisheries of the California Current.
Prior to joining Oceana, Mariel worked for over a decade at the Department of the Interior, first in Washington, D.C., and then in Portland, Oregon. There, she advised the Department’s client agencies on resource management, and developed expertise in property law. Her proudest achievement at Interior was successfully defending the United States’ ownership and establishment of the Kingman Reef National Wildlife Refuge, part of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. Mariel has a B.S. in Biology and a J.D., with a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, both from Lewis & Clark College. While in law school, Mariel published a paper on Northwest Tribes’ treaty rights to harvest shellfish.
Mariel was born in Alaska and raised on a century farm on the southern Oregon coast. She has enjoyed living and working in Alaska, and has traveled extensively in British Columbia, especially along the province’s North Coast. She inherited a love of the ocean, which she is now delighted to see in her own young children.