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.

COMPASS Team

Brooke Smith
Executive Director
Karen McLeod
Managing Director
Nancy Baron
Director of Science Outreach
Chad English
Director of Science Policy Outreach
Assistant Director of Science
Liz Neeley
Assistant Director of Science Outreach
Erica Goldman
Assistant Director of Science Policy Outreach
COMPASS Coordinator
Heather Reiff
Outreach and Trainings Associate
Science Engagement Specialist
Erin Moomey
Operations Manager
COMPASS Coordinator
Program Associate

Board Members

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