Staff Directory

Contact Information and Portfolio Summary


Main Tel: 202-482-4981


Tanya Dobrzynski

Director (Acting), and Deputy Director


Matthew Borgia

Deputy Director (Acting)
(Contact for general questions)

Intergovernmental Affairs & Tribal Relations


Linda Belton

Senior Policy Advisor & NOAA Tribal Liaison
Tel: 202-482-5447
Tribal Relations - consultations, communication, and outreach.
Intergovernmental Affairs - state, county, tribal, and community-level outreach.

Atmospheric Team


Matthew Borgia

Congressional Affairs Specialist
Tel: 202-482-4981
National Weather Service (NWS) – all weather-related issues, including: hurricanes & tropical storms; tornadoes & severe storms; winter storms; fire weather; space weather; tsunamis; and forecasts, warnings, alerts, and outlooks.


Katherine (Katie) Dziedzic

Congressional Affairs Specialist
Tel: 202-482-7937

National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) – satellite issues and data, including GOES, POES and the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS).


Mackenzie Solomon

Congressional Affairs Specialist
Tel: 202-482-2497
Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) – including climate science, ocean exploration and research, ocean acidification, air quality research, invasive species, and drought research, including NIDIS.


Sierra Jones

Congressional Affairs Specialist (AWAY ON EXTENDED DETAIL)
Tel: 202-482-6140



Fisheries Team


Alexis Gutierrez

Congressional Affairs Specialist
Tel: 202-482-3622 
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) – West Coast and Pacific Islands Regions. Protected Species and International fisheries.


Christopher Holmes

Congressional Affairs Specialist
Tel: 202-482-2272
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) – South Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, and Alaska Regions. Aquaculture.


Erin Schnettler

Congressional Affairs Specialist
Tel: 202-482-7937
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) – Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Great Lakes Regions. Habitat and and Science& Technology.


Craig Woolcott

Congressional Affairs Specialist (AWAY ON EXTENDED DETAIL)
Tel: 202-482-7940

Marine and Aviation Operations


Becky Cruz Lizama

Congressional Affairs Specialist
Tel: 202-482-0809
Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) – including fleet modernization, aircraft services, and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps.

Oceans Team

Michael Jarvis

Congressional Affairs Specialist
Tel: 202-482-3595
National Ocean Service (NOS) – including mapping and charting, geodesy, oil spill response, natural resource damage assessment and restoration, marine debris, harmful algal blooms, hypoxia, operational oceanographic products and services, and integrated ocean observing system. 


Melanie Jackson

Congressional Affairs Specialist
Tel: 202-482-5111
National Ocean Service (NOS) -  including National Marine Sanctuaries, National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS), Digital Coast, coastal zone management, coral reef conservation, coastal and estuarine land conservation, and marine protected areas. 


Legislative Team

Chris Hayes

Legislative Affairs Specialist
Tel: 202-482-1284

Congressional testimony, Questions for the Record (QFRs), hearing transcripts, Legislative Referral Memorandums (LRMs), presidential proclamations, views letters, and enrolled bill letters.


Velna L. Bullock

Legislative Affairs Analyst
Tel: 202-482-5833
Congressional Events Report, mandated Congressional Reports, Legislative Referral Memorandums (LRMs), NOAA's Membership Outreach Database (MOD), NOAA grants, Records Liaison Officer, and special legislative projects.


Fellows and Scholars


Kenneth Erickson

Knauss Sea Grant Fellow
Tel: (202) 577-5692
Office of Education, NOAA fellowship and scholarship programs,
Caribbean, Arctic, and Regional Collaboration Network, SeaGrant.

Administrative Team


Jenell Wildgoose

Administrative Support Assistant
Tel: 202-482-4981
Executive correspondence, procurement, and administrative support for Legislative Affairs.