Brandon Elsner is a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary, where he provides policy guidance to the NOAA Administrator for ocean, fisheries and coastal related issues. Brandon has over 10 years of first-hand and professional experience involving natural resource and environmental policy. Previously, he worked on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Assistant to Senator Roger Wicker, where he was the primary advisor on oceans, environment, budget and taxes. Brandon was also a commercial fisherman in Alaska, served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua and Bolivia, and was a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow. He holds a M.S. in Environmental and Resources Economics from the University of Rhode Island and B.B.A. with a focus on Economics and Finance from Eastern Washington University.