Charles Steinback - Co-Founder and Managing Director
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 Bloeser - Director of Operations
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 Walsh - Product Development Director
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 Gerritse - Global Marketing Director
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 Chen Ph.D - Director of Client Services
Cheryl is a trained human geographer from UC Santa Barbara and brings over 10 years of experience in marine conservation and fisheries management. Cheryl has extensive expertise in large scale spatial data collection projects that focus on utilizing innovative tools and technology to map and understand patterns of human uses for marine planning and management efforts. These projects typically involve extensive community engagement and collaboration, mixed methods survey design, spatial survey tool design/development, and spatial data analytics. At Point 97 Cheryl focuses on collaborating with clients to assess needs and implement approaches to develop effective technology solutions.
Dan Crowther - Project Manager
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.
Ronan Cranley - Lead Developer
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.
Wil Black - Senior Developer
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 - Senior Software Engineer
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.
Drew Seminara - Developer
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.