Andrew Lipsky

Acting Chief of Staff

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During his more than 25 years of fisheries experience, Andy has worked at the NGO, state, tribal, and federal levels. Andy joined NOAA and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in 2016 and serves as the center’s planning officer in the Office of the Directorate. In this role he leads strategic and annual scientific and research budget planning across the center’s scientific enterprise. He leads independent research planning, manages peer reviews of Center science programs, and coordinates external research proposal development. He also serves as the NEFSC offshore energy and fisheries team leader in collaboration with the NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office. From 2017 to 2018, Andy served as the acting chief of the NEFSC Cooperative Research Branch, where he led collaborative efforts to advance the use of industry platforms and to develop collaborative research to inform regional stock assessments.

Prior to joining NOAA, Andy worked in the private sector as a senior partner at SeaPlan, a marine resource planning and science group. In this role the led collaborative research studies with fishermen on the design and execution of a demersal fish trawl survey and lobster survey to evaluate impacts associated with the Block Island Wind Farm. From 2001-2011 Andy worked for USDA where he led ecosystem restoration and marine conservation efforts in New England and served on a two-year detail as an ocean advisor to the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Andy works out of both the Woods Hole and Narragansett Labs of the NEFSC. He lives in Attleboro MA with his wife, Kiela, and his three daughters, Juliet, Thaila, and Malia. On his free time, when he is not shepharding his daughters or planning fisheries-related activities, he is fishing Rhode Island Sound and Narragansett Bay.