We are pleased to welcome Madison Kosma who is the coordinator for the Alaska Marine Science and Fisheries Career Coalition. The Coalition is a State-wide group of representatives from agencies, non profits, and the University of Alaska that are working to encourage rural Alaskans and Alaska Natives to pursue careers in marine science and fisheries. This project is supported by the Vista Volunteer VISTA is an anti-poverty program created by Lyndon Johnson’s Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 as the domestic version of Peace Corps. Initially, the program increased employment opportunities for conscientious people who felt they could contribute tangibly to the War on Poverty. Volunteers served in communities throughout the U.S., focusing on enriching educational programs and vocational training for the nation’s underprivileged classes.
Madison comes to us from Hawaii where she studied marine biology at the University of Hawaii. She is enthusiastic and energetic. She will be helping with Sitka Whalefest as well as the Coalition work.