Staff Directory

Contact Information and Portfolio Summary


Main Tel: 202-482-4981


LCDR Wendy Lewis


Tanya Dobrzynski

Deputy Director
(Contact for general questions)

Tribal Relations


Linda Belton

NOAA Tribal Liaison
Tel: 202-482-5447
Tribal Relations - consultations, communication, and 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.


Bryan Cole [Mackenzie Solomon is currently on maternity leave]

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, Sea Grant, and drought research.


Sierra Jones

Congressional Affairs Specialist
Tel: 202-482-6140
National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) – satellite issues and data, including GOES, POES and the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS).

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. 


Makeda Okolo

Congressional Affairs Specialist
Tel: 202-482-1284
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. 


Fisheries Team


Craig Woolcott

Congressional Affairs Specialist
Tel: 202-482-7940
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) – Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Great Lakes Regions, 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.

Alexis Gutierrez

Congressional Affairs Specialist (detailee)
Tel: 202-482-3622 
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) – West Coast and Pacific Islands Regions


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.


Intergovernmental Affairs


Linda Belton

Senior Policy Advisor
Tel: 202-482-5447
Intergovernmental Affairs - state, tribal, and community-level outreach.


Legislative Team

Chris Hayes

Legislative Affairs Specialist
Tel: 202-482-1284


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, and special legislative projects.


Fellows and Scholars


Melanie Jackson

Knauss Sea Grant Fellow
Tel: 202-482-5111

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


Administrative Team


Jenell Wildgoose

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