Who We Are

We are a fresh-thinking, hard-working team with backgrounds in marine biology, natural resource management, fisheries biology, environmental science, geography, tribal government, computer science and environmental law. Whether in the field collecting data or building cutting edge tools to meet our client’s needs, our work reflects our commitment to finding technological solutions that connect people to the places they live and work.



Meet the Team
For over more than a decade, Charles Steinback has been pushing the frontier for ocean planning. With his help, community fisheries are shifting the power dynamics of industrialized fishing monopolies, influencing the designation of Marine Protected Areas (MPA), and safeguarding inshore fisheries through the use of mobile technology. His leadership has further contributed to the development of advance technology platforms that are uniting, informing, and inspiring decision-makers on a wide variety of coastal issues through the use of data and maps. As Co-Founder and Managing Director of Point 97 Charles has been been leading the transition from Ecotrust nonprofit, Marine Consulting Initiative, to for-purpose tech company with a mission of delivering technology solutions that drive marine resource dependent communities towards food and economic security. Charles was raised in the fishing community of Astoria, Oregon, is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and currently lives in Portland, Oregon.
Jennifer provides strategic planning, administration and management across a wide range of projects. She works closely with each member of the team to ensure both client needs and deliverables are met. Jennifer has a background in both marine and freshwater conservation as well as community-based fisheries management and has worked with the Pacific Marine Conservation Council and The Freshwater Trust. She holds a B.S. in Marine Biology and Environmental Science from East Stroudsburg University and a M.S. in Natural Resource Management and Fisheries from Humboldt State University.
Jenny leads Point 97's product development team to build better and more innovative web and mobile tools. Jenny focuses her ecological and IT backgrounds at Point 97 to forge connections between information and understanding in ways that intuitively make sense and bring new insight. Jenny has a B.A. in Economics and a M.S. in Forest Science. When she's not planning sprints or writing user stories, you can hopefully find her in the garden, running in Forest Park, or playing a rousing game of soccer.
Stacy leads Point 97's marketing and communication strategy with deep roots in global brand management. Stacy's expertise in seeding global markets delivers keen creative and strategic expertise to Point 97's business objectives. Her experience spans across advertising, PR, outdoor, food and wine, and tech industries. The diversity in her background reflects Stacy's personal interest in working with businesses that support communities and the environment. Stacy holds a B.S. in Communications from the University of Colorado and an MBA in Sustainable Business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute, now Pinchot University.
Cheryl leads the project management team, delivering stakeholder engagement and advisory expertise. Her work focuses on large scale spatial data collection projects that map human use patterns to inform marine spatial planning efforts. These projects typically involve extensive community engagement and collaboration, mixed methods survey design, spatial survey tool design/development and spatial data analytics. She holds a doctorate in Geography at UC Santa Barbara and a Master's in Environmental Science and Management.
Dan believes that the most effective solutions for ocean planning and conservation come from collaboration between coastal communities and policy makers and through the identification, collection and analysis of appropriate data. Dan's experience includes addressing ocean issues from California to Alaska on fishing and research vessels, in academic laboratories, and agency labyrinths. He enjoys working in, on, and around the ocean and is excited to continue this path at Point 97.
Scott plays both contributing and lead roles in the development of our web and mobile applications. Before working at Point 97, Scott spent 4 years at Ecotrust doing similar work and in a previous life he worked as a high school computer science teacher in northern Virginia. Scott has a Master's degree in Computer Science with a Graduate Certificate in GIS from Portland State University. He enjoys exploring the trails of Portland’s Forest Park, the Columbia Gorge, Mt. Hood and the Oregon Coast.
Tim applies his software development expertise to our ocean and coastal survey tools and data portals. Tim’s experience has been largely focused on building decision support tools – everything from forest inventory and wildfire-vegetation dynamics to health support and intelligence analysis. Tim has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Oregon State University.
Wil comes to Point 97 with expertise in combining, integrating and visualizing data from multiple sources to produce innovative, near-real time tools that facilitate responsible use of natural resources. His background lies with marine science, oceanography and in Android and web application development. Living in Coastal Oregon, Wil not only works first hand with fisherman and scientists, but understands the impact that regional and national policies can have on small towns and communities who depend on the oceans. On the side, he enjoys robotics, hiking and mushroom hunting.
Seth Hill has turned his expertise in remote sensing, ISR, and GIS into a career in developing innovative and pragmatic solutions for capturing and viewing data. In addition to adding to the team’s proficiency in web development, embedded, and cluster-computing systems, his talent further extends to photography, tree farming, and composing songs on the violin or guitar. Seth holds a degree in Mathematics and lives in NE Portland with his two teenagers.
Ronan has over ten years of experience in several different industries, from government agencies to higher education to start ups. He is also a published author, having co-written Head First jQuery for O’Reilly Publishing, which made it to #3 in Amazon’s top selling list for technology books upon release. He holds a BSc Honors degree in Computer Science from Dublin Institute of Technology, in Ireland. In his spare time, Ronan spends many hours on the soccer field, on the golf course, the hurling field, and hanging out with his wife, their son, and English bulldog - sampling as much of the Pacific Northwest as they can.
Drew provides development support for our custom web applications. Prior to joining the Point 97 team, he worked as a coastal geospatial analyst in Florida, creating spatially visualized data products for both the scientific and academic community. Ironically, despite several years of experience working in coastal and marine ecosystems, he still frequently struggles with a bout of seasickness. Drew holds a Bachelor's in Environmental Science and a Master's in Atmospheric Science from Creighton University. During his spare time, he enjoys mucking around in estuarine environments, spending time with his dog, and watching college football.
Eric is a gifted creator of data-rich interactive features and human-friendly interfaces using open source technologies. In his free time Eric enjoys long distance bicycle touring, foraging the forest and other outdoor landscapes for edible treats, exploring topics in physics and natural science, and applying library science principles to personal archives.

Point 97 delivers easy-to-use technology solutions and program engagement strategies that improve marine and coastal management practices.