Fellows Network

Brooke Simler Smith

Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea (COMPASS), Executive Director

Corvallis, Oregon

At COMPASS (Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea), Brooke has helped build a non-traditional bridging organization that connects ocean scientists and science to the media, public policy discussions, and other scientific discussions. COMPASS works to ensure marine science is synthesized in a manner relevant to society, is strategically communicated to the right people at the right times, and empowers the scientists themselves to be the communicators of their own information. The unique nature of COMPASS’ work demands a creative approach to strategic planning, implementation and program management. Brooke is interested in finding synergies among COMPASS’ science, policy and communications initiatives in order to increase COMPASS’ cumulative impact and the benefit to other marine conservation efforts.

Updated January 2009.