Russell Callender, director of Washington Sea Grant effective September 2018.
Russell Callender, director of Washington Sea Grant.

Russell Callender spent nearly two decades working on coastal science, policy and management issues at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s headquarters near Washington, D.C. But throughout his tenure at the nation’s capital, he kept his eye on a position at an organization in the other Washington.

When he saw the job posting last summer to lead Washington Sea Grant at the University of Washington, it took Callender all of about two minutes to start working on his application. Callender himself was a Sea Grant Knauss marine policy fellow in 1992 in the Oceanographer of the Navy’s Office in Washington, D.C. and that experience forever changed the course of his career.

Callender began as Washington Sea Grant’s new director this fall, and UW News sat down with him recently to learn more about what he hopes to bring to the organization.

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