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Gustavo Lara

Gustavo Lara leads Seafood Commercialization for Cargill and is tasked with laying the foundation of Cargill’s commercial strategy in the industry. Cargill is a global leader in nourishing the world in a safe, responsible, and sustainable way. With over 155 years of experience and 155,000 employees in 70 countries, we connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive.


Morgan Howard

Morgan Howard is the founder of Morgan Howard Communications, a public relations firm serving U.S. indigenous clients. He is the Finance Committee Chair on the Sealaska Board, an Alaska Native corporation focused on businesses around the health of our oceans, including seafood.


Victoria Gutierrez

Victoria Gutierrez is the Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer of Sysco, the world’s foodservice leader. In this role, Victoria leads Sysco’s product growth strategy in the United States and works to enhance the customer experience through a full line of food products and a wide variety of non-food products to both independent and chain restaurant customers and other "away-from-home" locations such as healthcare and educational facilities.


Patty Trevino

Patty Trevino is the Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer for Red Lobster Seafood Company.
She is responsible for leading all marketing and culinary related activities for the world’s largest casual dining seafood restaurant company which owns and operates restaurants throughout North America.


Paul Doremus, PhD

Paul Doremus is the Vice President for Policy and Sustainability Strategy at Trident Seafoods. In collaboration with Trident’s executive leadership team and functional area leaders, he is responsible for developing and executing the company’s federal and international policy strategy, contributing to Trident’s sustainability and social responsibility strategy, and advising on strategic developments in global seafood markets.


Jason Driskill

Jason Driskill is Vice President - Seafood for Texas-based retailer H-E-B with responsibilities over procurement, sales, merchandising, marketing and sustainability for fresh/frozen seafood and sushi.


Sonja Connor, MS, RDN, LD

Ms. Sonja Connor, MS, RDN, LD is a research associate professor in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Clinical Nutrition, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University. She also has been very involved with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and served as president in 2014-15.


Judson Reis

Mr. Judson Reis is Past President & CEO of Gorton's Inc. located in Gloucester, MA and joined Gorton's in 1990. Judson has been a long-time proponent of building greater awareness of the health benefits of eating seafood.


Steve Hart, PhD

Dr. Steve Hart directs Global Aquaculture Alliance activities within Asia, leading efforts focused on development of food safety outreach, investigating emerging issues affecting aquaculture stakeholders, working with GAA constituents to respond to emerging issues, expanding activities with other related groups, and generating content for GAA’s communications vehicles.


Hugh Welsh

Mr. Hugh Welsh is the President & General Counsel of DSM North America a global leader in Life Sciences & Material Sciences. Traded on the Amsterdam stock exchange with 24,000 employees worldwide and $12 billion in annual sales.