Sara Randall became DEI’s first Associate Director in late 2017. Sara is deeply committed to restoring commercial fisheries and sustaining fishing communities. A native Mainer, Sara spent nine years as the Director of Programs for the largest commercial fishermens trade organization on the west coast and its sister non-profit the Institute for Fisheries Resources in San Francisco. She also spent time restoring salmonid-bearing watersheds in remote areas of northern California as an AmeriCorps member. Sara represented commercial fishermen as an appointed member of the San Francisco Harbor Safety Committee and the San Francisco Food Policy Council, and has worked to advance sound fisheries and ocean management and policy in a variety of local, state, regional, and national contexts.
Upon returning to Maine, she earned a M.A. from the University of Maine’s School of Policy and International Affairs. Prior to becoming Associate Director of DEI, Sara coordinated DEI’s four-year, large-scale applied marine research project in Freeport which led to the discovery that predation, driven by warming ocean temperatures, is the root cause of Casco Bay’s soft-shell clam decline.
In addition, Sara was elected to the Freeport Sewer District Board of Trustees in 2015 and serves as its Chair.