This month’s #staffprofile focuses on program manager Ali Robertson. Ali supports our priority issue teams in developing and implementing projects to meet their focus area goals, manages GOMA’s Deepwater Horizon related projects, and supports regional collaboration of our partner programs through project and workshop facilitation. She started working for GOMA in 2017. Scroll through our photos to learn more about Ali.

For starters

Ali is originally from McComb, MS, and spent many summers on the Pascagoula River and boating to Round, Horn and Petit Bois islands. She has a bachelor’s from Mississippi State University and a masters from the University of Georgia. She previously worked for the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources as a Coastal Preserves Program manager. She currently lives in Ocean Springs, MS, with her husband and two girls.

What she loves about GOMA

Prior to working here, I was a member of several GOMA teams. I looked forward to annual meetings and visiting with colleagues (who became friends), sharing project successes and lessons learned. This is still my favorite part; knowing what a great benefit networking and collaborative opportunities are to our partners.

What she loves most about the Gulf of Mexico?

The diversity in ecology, culture, and people. And the fact that there’s always something to celebrate – a parade for every occasion!

Proudest moments

Maintaining relationships that I’ve had since entering the conservation field in 2005. Folks may change titles, but they typically stay in the Gulf. While serving GOMA, I’m fortunate to be able to keep those long-lasting regional connections.


GOMA’s future

Keep up the important work. You’re doing great!