In addition to Gulf States and the Federal Workgroup, the Alliance relies heavily on non-governmental partners, such as academic organizations, non-profit organizations, and businesses. Whether piloting new programs, or implementing full-scale efforts, these partners provide the talent and resources to implement on-the-ground projects. These partners have aligned their goals to those of the Alliance in order to create tangible results, thereby realizing the potential for change associated with a grand-scale collaborative effort such as the Gulf of Mexico Alliance.

Each Gulf of Mexico Alliance Priority Issue Team is coordinated by a sponsoring organization, providing funding assistance to further the goals and objectives of that priority. The organizations that provide Priority Issue Team Coordination include: