Niaz Dorry is the coordinating director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance. Before joining the Alliance, she served as the interim Chief Operations Officer for the Healthy Building Network. She serves on the executive committee of the National Family Farm Coalition and Granite State Fish and is an advisor to the Harvard Medical School's Center for Health and Global Environment.
Niaz began working with small-scale traditional and indigenous fishing communities in the U.S. and from around the globe as a Greenpeace oceans and fisheries campaigner. She then went on to work independently on advancing the rights and ecological benefits of small-scale fishing communities as a means of protecting global marine biodiversity. Time Magazine named Niaz as a Hero For The Planet for this work. Her fisheries articles appear regularly in Fishermen's Voice and SAMUDRA as well as a range of random publications. Her work and approach have been noted in a number of books, including Against the Tide, Deeper Shade of Green, The Spirit's Terrain, Vanishing Species, The Great Gulf, Swimming in Circles, A Troublemaker's Teaparty, and The Doryman's Reflection.
Niaz is a graduate of the Rockwood Leadership Program’s Leading From Inside Out as well as Art of Leadership trainings.
Niaz and her dog, Hailey, live in Gloucester, Massachusetts—the oldest settled fishing port in the U.S. Hailey is one of the lucky dogs who survived Hurricane Katrina and is Niaz's daily reminder of all the fishing communities that are yet to be rebuilt since the Indian Ocean tsunami, Hurricanes Katrina, and Rita, among other disasters.