Dr. Willy Goldsmith is a fisheries scientist and conservation advocate who serves as the Executive Director of the American Saltwater Guides Association. His research interests focus on better understanding the dynamics of recreational fisheries in order to improve management outcomes for both marine ecosystems and fishing communities. Prior to joining ASGA, Willy was a Senior Associate with the Lenfest Ocean Program, where he engaged with fishery stakeholders on key management issues and communicated policy-relevant research to decision-makers. Previously, he was a Sea Grant Knauss Fellow in the office of Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), working on a broad array of marine, fisheries, climate change, and energy topics. Willy obtained a doctorate in Marine Science with a sub-concentration in Marine Policy from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at William and Mary, where his dissertation focused on characterizing the biological impacts and human dimensions of the U.S. east coast recreational Atlantic bluefin tuna fishery. He received a B.A. in History with a Secondary Field in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University. He lives in Washington, DC, and whenever he has a free moment you can find him plying the Potomac River for anything that swims.