Craig Fleener Executive Director
Craig was born in Anchorage, Alaska and raised in Fort Yukon, 8 miles above the Arctic Circle on the Yukon River. Craig’s background includes wild-land firefighting, local and statewide politics, grant-writing, wildlife and fisheries management, tribal management, healthcare, education, and environmental management. Craig has enjoyed 32 years of military experience from active duty service with the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force and ongoing Alaska Air National Guard service. Craig spent 16 years enlisted before commissioning and currently holds the rank of Lt Col, serving as an Intelligence Officer in the Alaska National Guard. Craig is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Craig’s educational background includes Air Command and Staff College at Air University, Squadron Officer’s School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Air War College at Air University, a BSc in Natural Resources Management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, an M.A. in Intelligence Studies from American Public University and substantial work towards an MSc in Wildlife Biology from the University of Calgary.
Justin Sternberg Blue Pipeline Director
Justin is an entrepreneur who has founded and worked with clean energy and ocean technology companies providing expertise in fundraising, strategic planning, and business development. In 2010, Mr. Sternberg co-founded Continuum Industries, a company that worked with municipalities and the Department of Energy to develop implementation strategies for the transition to solid-state street lighting. In 2014, he joined Blue Evolution, an early-stage seaweed mariculture company and permitted Alaska’s first commercial seaweed hatchery, while working closely with the University of Alaska and the State to develop best practices for this nascent industry. He received an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, CA, in 2008 and has worked in Alaska since 1997.
Jessica Edwards Director of Outreach & Engagement
Jessica is the Director of Outreach & Engagement for the Alaska Ocean Cluster. As an Ecosystem Builder, she has successfully built and launched innovative coworking concepts in emerging startup communities. Formerly the Curator of both NEST Dubai and dig Buffalo coworking spaces, Jessica welcomes the ambitious task of taking innovative models from concept to reality. With a highly collaborative and results-driven leadership style, to date, Jessica has won several awards. Most notably, she was awarded the “30 Under 30” by Buffalo Business First and her coworking spaces were finalists for “Best Buffalo Community Tech Contributor of the Year” and “MIDDLE EAST AHEAD” awards. Jessica brings extensive experience in innovative ecosystem building to impact-driven work at the Alaska Ocean Cluster.
Casey Rangel Ocean Tuesday Organizer
Casey Rangel has led numerous projects to success, supporting and organizing teams and individuals throughout her 12-year career in health and human services. Casey’s shift and interest in ocean commerce were led by her love for Alaska and a desire to advance a more vibrant economy. Since the time she was young, Casey had an affinity for the environment, even starting a paper recycling program in high school which is now a state-wide venture. Having grown up in a boating family, Casey’s passion for water and marine life prompted her to seek work focused on advocating and promoting Alaska’s natural resources and economy. Casey has four young boys, she is passionate about instilling in them a responsibility toward preserving and fully utilizing Alaska’s natural resources.