Kerry Coughlin
Regional Director for the Americas, Marine Stewardship Council

Kerry Coughlin is Regional Director for the Americas at the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), an international organization that operates a market-driven program to promote sustainability and environmental responsibility in the global seafood industry. Kerry oversees the operation, growth and success of the MSC’s sustainable fisheries certification, commercial partnership and marketing programs in North and Latin America, as well as the Russian Far East. She also serves as a member of MSC’s global Senior Management Team, and participates in the organization’s management and strategic development worldwide.

Kerry has more than 20 years experience in management, public affairs, journalism and communications in the United States and internationally. Before joining MSC, she assisted the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington with strategic planning, civic and global engagement and lecturing. She also served as Communications Director to the Governor of Washington State, led corporate communications for a multi-state print and online media company, and served as associate director of a major nonprofit social service organization.

Kerry’s experience extends to seamanship and merchant marine training. She spent two years at sea navigating a 120’ at-sea processing vessel through the Inside Passage to Alaska’s Aleutian Islands and a 60’ sailing vessel through the South Pacific. Her experience also includes a stint in the Alaska fishing industry. Previously, she worked as a journalist with numerous newspapers, wire services and magazines, and has taught and lectured at universities, conferences and seminars.

Kerry holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from California State University at Sonoma. She has done graduate work in journalism at San Francisco State University and in ocean resource management and international law and economics at the University of Washington.

Kerry currently serves on the CityClub Board of Governors, Facing the Future Board of Directors, University of Washington Columns Magazine Advisory Committee, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs Visiting Committee, and University of Washington Advancement Advisory Group.