Our Team

We are passionate about science and scientists. Building on formal training in ecology, physical oceanography, biomechanics, and environmental science, we blend our real-world professional experience from federal and regional policymaking, journalism, writing, teaching, conservation, and consulting worlds. Our experience and networks poise us to support and connect science and scientists.

For a decade, we have been active practitioners in science communications- supporting and coaching scientists while also observing many of the conditions that can nurture, or hinder, effective science communications. We blog about our experiences and observations.

Because we are a distributed organization, office addresses can be found associated with particular staff members. Our main office is in Portland, OR where our Executive Director sits.

COMPASS is a non-profit that utilizes the Tides Center as a fiscal sponsor. The Tides Center, a 501(c)3 manages our accounting systems, human resources, legal issues and other back-office needs.


Executive Director
Managing Director
Director of Science Outreach
Director of Policy Engagement
Assistant Director
Assistant Director of Policy Engagement
Trainings and Communications Manager
Operations Manager
Program Associate
Policy Engagement Associate
Media Outreach Specialist
Events and Operations Specialist
Policy Engagement Specialist
COMPASS Coordinator
Financial Coordinator

Board Members

Chair: Michael Sutton
Dawn Wright
Donald Boesch
Lynn Scarlett
Lynn Scarlett
Mary Ruckelshaus
Steve Gaines
Vikki Spruill