Justin has more than 20 years of Capitol Hill experience and has represented a diverse array of clients including non-profits, private companies, trade associations, and municipalities and is an internationally recognized expert on fisheries and ocean policy. He served for six years (1998-2004) as the Vice President of Government Relations for the National Fisheries Institute, the national trade association for the fish and seafood industry of the United States. At NFI, Justin developed and managed a government relations program focused on three major policy arenas: fishery conservation and management, food safety, and international trade. Justin also served as the Executive Secretariat of the International Coalition of Fisheries Associations and participated in numerous international policy forums including the United Nations, World Trade Organization, and the Food & Agriculture Organization.
Justin began his career in Washington, DC as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) during her first term, where he worked on the appropriations, agriculture, Native American, and fisheries and marine affairs portfolios.
Since that time, Justin has developed expertise in additional policy arenas including transportation, healthcare, and life sciences. Past clients include Benaroya Research Institute, Fate Therapeutics, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Snohomish County (WA), and Vulcan (Paul G. Allen). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Ocracoke Health Center/Englehard Medical Center as well as the Ocracoke Civic & Business Association wherein he is the Chair of the Ocracoke Stormwater Task Force.
Justin holds a M.A. in Biology (Marine Ecology) from Harvard University and a B.S. in Biology & Chemistry from Gordon College. When not walking the halls of Congress, Justin likes to take his dog, Kona, for long walks on the beach with his wife of 23 years, Joelle.