Julie Decker – Executive Director

Julie began working for AFDF in 2011 as the Development Director.  Julie became the executive director on January 1, 2014. Julie has 20 years of experience working in the Alaska seafood industry. Her family owns and operates a commercial fishing vessel in Southeast Alaska. She worked as a part of the executive management team at a seafood processing facility in Alaska which designed and implemented a $7 million conversion of a salmon cannery into a high quality, efficiency and volume fresh and frozen salmon processing facility during the mid-2000’s. She was also the executive director of the Southeast Alaska Regional Dive Fisheries Association (SARDFA) which grew this industry from a “new and developing fishery” with an annual ex-vessel value of approximately $3 million to an annual ex-vessel value of $10-15 million.

245Decker has a BA from Northwestern University and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) with a concentration in natural resource policy from UAS. Decker was awarded the 2013 Ernest Gruening MPA Excellence Award for outstanding graduate student in her field. Decker has also served on numerous boards and committees (i.e. Southeast Conference, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, United Fishermen of Alaska, AFDF, City & Borough of Wrangell’s Assembly and Economic Development Committee, and the SE AK Ocean Cluster).

Ekaterina Ratzlaff – Finance Director

photo1Ekaterina began working for AFDF in 2011 and has over 10 years of analytical, financial and operations management experience. Ekaterina earned her BBA in Finance and MIS degrees from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is responsible for all aspects of daily operations of AFDF such as accounting, IT, human resource management, grant management and reporting, as well as ensuring compliance with all federal, state, local regulations and AFDF’s by-laws.


Riley Smith – Deputy Director

Riley recently began working for AFDF in 2018 as the Development Director. He has a degree from the University of Washington in Environmental Studies, Environmental Science and Resource Management. He is responsible for support in areas of communications, MSC and RFM Client Groups and certification, grant procurement and grant management. Additionally, Riley was the contractor on AFDF’s project, Socially Responsible Practices on Commercial Fishing Vessels.