Jonathan oversees GMRI’s Community Department, which supports fishing communities around the Gulf of Maine as they adapt to changes in the environment, economy, and regulations. The department runs training and convening programs that bring together the fishing industry, managers, and scientists; builds markets for Gulf of Maine seafood; provides technical assistance to New England’s groundfish industry; supports growth of aquaculture as an economic opportunity for Maine’s coastal
Jonathan came to GMRI in March of 2009 from Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a state-wide land conservation organization, where he held several positions conserving land and raising funds. At GMRI, Jonathan's work primarily revolves around helping New England's groundfish industry adapt to regulatory changes by establishing sectors.
Prior to MCHT, Jonathan worked for the Quebec-Labrador Foundations Atlantic Center for the Environment, running community-level conservation projects throughout New England aimed at increasing public involvement in natural resource management. He also ran a small-grants program for marine research projects in southern New England. A lifetime of summers on Vinalhaven instilled in Jonathan a deep love of Maine's coast and a commitment to the people and communities who rely on the Gulf of Maine for their livelihoods. Jonathan holds an undergraduate degree in history from Williams College and a masters degree in environmental management from Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.