Garrett leads strategic development, research initiatives, and administration. He supports a broad coalition of partners focused on economic development, increasing entrepreneurialism, and preparing coastal communities for the future. Garrett is particularly interested in the application of machine vision to seafood processing, modern seafood harvest methods, and new transportation strategies for the seafood industry. Originally from Kodiak, he commercially harvested salmon, Pacific cod, halibut, shrimp, and king crab from Southeast to the Bering Sea. After studying economics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Garrett served as a consulting economist at McKinley Research Group (formerly McDowell Group) for seven years. He supported more than 150 research projects on topics including mining, oil & gas, fisheries, maritime infrastructure, economic development, and business strategy, among others. Garrett enjoys skiing, running, camping, gardening, and exploring Alaska with his wife and two children.
Taylor Drew Holshouser
Taylor oversees business development and program operations. With a background in public policy, economic analysis, and manufacturing, he is passionate about accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship to solve global ocean challenges. A lifelong Alaska, he is a research fellow at the Wilson Center’s Polar Institute and holds a B.A. in Humanities from Yale University. Outside the office, he enjoys cross-country skiing, fly fishing, and pack rafting.