Kaeli Fertal

Kaeli has always been captivated by the ocean; her fascination of marine ecosystems nourished by summers spent exploring the rocky coastlines of New England and pestering aquarium docents with an endless stream of questions. She earned her B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Rhode Island in 2013 and has since worked in a variety of settings from environmental compliance monitoring and fisheries assessment to scientific research and informal education. Each new experience brought her closer to discovering her role in the movement to build a sustainable and environmentally just future for all: utilizing her background and analytical research skills to to bridge the gap between scientific consensus, the general public, and policymakers. When she isn’t passionately advocating for Washington’s waterways, you can usually find Kaeli with her husband and adorable pup Finley exploring the great outdoors, enjoying a local craft beer, or plotting their next trip.