Current OPWG Coordinators

Andrew Dominguez, Administrative Coordinator 

Andrew is studying Environmental Economics & Policy and Coastal & Marine Systems at the Nicholas School of the Environment. He has spent most of his life in the Philippines and in California, on opposite ends of the Pacific Ocean. He hopes to spend his career helping to build coastal resiliency and to pursue environmentally-sound economic and human development in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University where he double majored in Economics and Film Studies. Before he came to Duke to study for his Masters of Environmental Management he worked in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.




Maia Griffith, Action Team Coordinator

Maia is a first year Master of Environmental Management student concentrating in Coastal & Marine Systems and Environmental Analytics & Modeling. She hopes to work at the intersection of marine science and policy, using technology to gather and analyze data and then share key findings with stakeholders. After graduating from UC Berkeley, Maia studied salmon in Northern California and hawksbill sea turtles in Hawai’i before becoming a marine science educator at a small non-proift in the Florida Keys. Currently, she is a member of Dr. Dave Johnston’s Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing lab as the Science Communications Assistant, and will be completing her Masters Project focused on quantifying shark behavior in his lab as well. In addition to OPWG, she is curating a United States marine megafauna database for Duke Restore. Maia also recently began an internship with the National Working Waterfront Network and Georgia Sea Grant to identify policy gaps and create recommendations for Georgia’s fishing communities.


Chloe Wetzler, Symposium Coordinator

Chloe is a first-year JD/MEM student at Duke, concentrating in environmental policy and coastal and marine systems. She hopes to pursue a career in environmental law and policy and is particularly interested in coastal resilience and marine conservation. Chloe recently graduated from the University of Virginia, where she double-majored in Environmental Thought & Practice and Spanish Literature.  Additionally, she is a science and policy editor for the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum and a graduate student researcher for the Nicholas Institute’s Ecosystem Services Team. Outside of Duke, Chloe is part of EarthEcho International’s Youth Leadership Council.



Jacqueline Wittich, Symposium Coordinator

Jacqueline is an experienced sustainable infrastructure consultant looking to advance ocean-focused climate adaptation solutions.  Having worked for seven years at KPMG in both the UK and the US, she has advised public agencies and Fortune 500 corporations on quantifying decarbonization pathways and delivering sustainable infrastructure for emerging technologies, primarily around electric vehicle fast-charging, renewable energy assets, and battery storage. Prior to that, she obtained her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. As a first-year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Nicholas School of the Environment, she looks to pivot into the intersection of finance, ocean-focused technologies, and coastal community resilience.


Briana Sumpter, Publication Coordinator

Briana is a Master of Environmental Management student concentrating in Environmental Economics & Policy and Coastal & Marine Systems at the Nicholas School of the Environment. She grew up in the Washington DC area, which fueled her passion for policy and public service. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest in Anthropology, which has given her a framework and understanding of people from which to approach policy. Before coming to Duke, she worked at a consulting company, managing research projects for software clients. Briana hopes to work at the nexus of policy and people, developing equitable policy solutions around climate adaptation and resilience for coastal communities.



Sophie Moyer, Seminar Coordinator

Sophie is a first-year Masters of Environmental Management student concentrating in Environmental Analytics and Modeling and Coastal and Marine Systems. She recently graduated from the University of Vermont, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism with a minor in Economics focusing heavily on the growing environmental and cultural threats facing coastal communities. She hopes to continue this work through collecting and analyzing data to help inform better policy decisions in these regions. She currently works as a fellow for the National Association of Conservation Districts.



Lily Zhang, Outreach Coordinator

Lily is a first-year MEM student at the Nichols School of the Environment, focusing on Coastal and Marine Systems and Community Engagement and Environmental Justice. She is interested in marine conservation, restoration, and climate change mitigation. Lily is also a passionate scuba diver and underwater photographer, using her images and narratives as a powerful tool for science communication.