Susan S. Jackson, President and member of the Board of Directors of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), has led the organization from its inception in 2008, having facilitated both its legal formation and its substantial growth. Under Jackson’s leadership, ISSF has grown from a small association of eight global tuna processors into the world’s premier organization uniting industry leaders, the environmental community and leading scientists in the creation, advocacy and adoption of science-based best practices that advance the long-term sustainability of global tuna fisheries. Today, the organization boasts 25 participating companies, representing approximately 75 percent of annual canned tuna production.
ISSF has greatly benefitted from Jackson’s strategic vision and understanding of the complex issues of commerce, government operations, ecological pressures and scientific implications of sustainably harvesting tuna from the world’s oceans. Through her unwavering focus on collaboration, Jackson has created successful partnerships with constructive NGOs, scientists, governments and has led efforts to make ISSF an effective advocate for positive change in the Regional Fishery Management Organizations (RFMOs) —the governing bodies responsible for managing tuna resources worldwide. Recognized by both conservationists and business leaders as unique in successfully bridging the gap between industry and NGOs/Government, ISSF’s private-public partnership approach has become a model for cultivating collaboration among all engaged stakeholders that share common goals, if not always common approaches.