Who We Are

Brett Tolley

Brett comes from a four-generation commercial fishing family out of Chatham. He is currently the National Program Coordinator for the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) where he focuses on movement building and policy. He received a degree in International Relations from Elon University with a focus on Social Justice and International Trade.

Prior to NAMA Brett worked as an advocate and community organizer in Brooklyn NY, fighting for low-income residents in housing court and organizing campaigns around housing and worker’s rights. He wrote and produced an award-winning documentary about the migrant experience along the U.S./Mexico border titled, "Dying to Get In." He was also selected to the We Are All Brooklyn Fellowship Program and completed both the Rockwood Leadership Institute's 'Art of Leadership' program and the HEAL Alliance School of Political Leadership.

Brett served on the Chatham 365 Task Force and currently serves on the boards of the Chatham Harvesters Cooperative and Local Catch (localcatch.org). When not working, Brett enjoys being a father, cooking locally caught seafood, and playing music with a band called the SeaFire Kids.

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