Advisory Board Members


Helen A. Brohl

Executive Director, U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System

Helen A. Brohl is a Senior Executive, appointed as the first Executive Director of the US Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) in July 2006 by US DOT Secretary Norman Mineta. Ms. Brohl manages the CMTS partnership, authorized in statute December 2012 with over 25 Federal agency members to address our Nation’s waterways, ports and intermodal connections. Working with senior political, military and civilian leaders in the Federal government, Ms. Brohl directed the development and Cabinet-level approval in 2008 of the first-ever National Strategy for the Marine Transportation System to improve the MTS for capacity, safety and security, environmental stewardship; resiliency and financing. 


Sara R. Gonzalez-Rothi

Counsel, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Sara Gonzalez-Rothi serves as Counsel on the Senate Commerce Committee, which has broad jurisdiction and oversight authority related to marine policy.  In that role, Sara works closely with staff of Committee members, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, nonprofit organizations, the academic community, and private companies.


Rich Innes Senior

Executive Director, Association of National Estuary Programs, Senior Fellow at Meridian Institute

Richard Innes became a Senior Fellow at Meridian Institute in 2006, but has worked on numerous projects with Meridian staff since in 1997. On the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative project, for example, Mr. Innes has interfaced with senior Congressional and Administration staff and coordinated with Commissioners and diverse interests in the ocean community and ocean-related industries. He also helped to facilitate senior-level meetings with the major presidential campaigns on ocean issues, and was involved in laying groundwork for the new Administration through meetings and follow-up with the Obama transition teams.

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Lynne Mersfelder-Lewis

Program Manager, Hydrographic Services Review Panel, Federal Advisory Committee, US DOC NOAA National Ocean Service

Lynne has an international background with experience in coastal management and marine protected areas, outreach/communication efforts as well as the organization and implementation of international meetings, training and events and worked in NOS’s international program office most of her career. Lynne currently serves as the Program Manager for the Hydrographic Services Review Panel, a Federal Advisory Committee at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that advises the NOAA Administrator. Lynne was the secretariat and manager of an annual $800k NOAA-wide partnership with the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries for the Republic of Korea. She worked closely in and as a partner with the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries international capacity building program working on training programs, including initiating a partnership with Korean marine protected areas program to share information and train a cadre of protected area professionals.


Jerry Miller

President, Science for Decisions

Dr. Miller established Science for Decisions in early 2013. From  2015 through 2017 he has also served as Director of the Science and Technology for Sustainability program at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He served as Assistant Director for Ocean Sciences at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) from 2009 through early 2013 prior to establishing Science for Decisions. He was instrumental in the creation of the United States' first National Ocean Policy and the development of its foundational science priorities. He was founding co-Director of the National Ocean Council Office andlater served as its Deputy Director for Science and Technology. In addition to his policy work, Dr. Miller addressed science and technology aspects of major disasters including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the tsunami-induced Fukushima nuclear accident by fostering engagement of the academic community with federal agencies during and after the events.