Staff Directory

Contact Information and Portfolio Summary


Main Tel:           202-482-4981


LCDR Wendy Lewis



Tanya Dobrzynski

Deputy Director


Timothy Bagley

Senior Policy Advisor and Operations Manager
Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) – including fleet modernization, aircraft services, and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps).

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: 202-482-1939
National Weather Service (NWS) – all weather-related issues, including: hurricanes, hurricane research, and observations; tornadoes and severe storms; tropical and winter storms; tsunami; and forecasts, warnings, alerts, and outlooks.


Elizabeth Clark

Knauss Sea Grant Fellow (*Mackenzie Solomon is on detail to the NOAA Budget Office)
Tel: 202-482-5111
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.


Rachel Fontana

Congressional Affairs Specialist (*Sierra Jones is on detail to the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office)
Tel: 202-482-6140
National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) – satellite issues, 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: 202-482-5935
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. 


Becky Cruz Lizama

Congressional Affairs Specialist
Tel: 202-482-0809
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) - West Coast and Pacific Islands Regions. 



Intergovernmental Affairs


Linda Belton

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



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, and special legislative projects.


Fellows and Scholars


Elizabeth Clark

Knauss Sea Grant Fellow
Tel: 202-482-5111


Administrative Team


Jenell Wildgoose

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