Seafood Harvesters Welcome Leigh Habegger as New Executive Director

May 17, 2018 - Published in News Releases and Advocacy

(WASHINGTON – May 17, 2018) Seafood Harvesters of America announced today that Leigh Habegger would become the organization’s new executive director.

Most recently, Ms. Habegger served as the Senior Manager of External Affairs for Restore America’s Estuaries. In this role, she advocated for policies that conserve our nation’s estuaries and encourage the sustainable use of our natural resources. Previously, she worked as a lobbyist on fisheries and maritime policy, facilitated work related to highly migratory species, and served as a Knauss Fellow for Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) covering oceans, coastal, and fisheries issues.

Ms. Habegger steps into the role vacated by Kevin Wheeler, who recently departed the Seafood Harvesters to take a position as Deputy Chief of Staff at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“Leigh brings strong fisheries policy experience, along with great energy and a solid understanding of our members and the issues they face,” said Seafood Harvesters President Chris Brown. “She’ll be an excellent addition to our team as we broaden the scope and scale of our policy work in coming years.”

The Seafood Harvesters represent 16 leading commercial fishing organizations whose members operate from the Bering Sea to the Gulf of Mexico and north to New England. Interested readers can learn more at