Julie Decker is the Executive Director of the AFDF. Since in 1994, Decker has worked in Alaska’s seafood industry with a variety of positions which include: cannery worker, deckhand, diver, vessel owner, and manager of both seafood processing businesses and trade organizations. In the summers, she takes vacation time to commercial fish with her husband, and they plan to start a kelp farm near Wrangell, Alaska.
Decker has also served on various boards and committees working toward economic development in the seafood industry, including the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, United Fishermen of Alaska, Southeast Conference, Wrangell Borough Assembly, and the Certified Seafood Collaborative.
Decker holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, and a Master of Public Administration, with a concentration in Natural Resource Management, from University of Alaska Southeast. In 2013, Decker was presented the Ernest Gruening Award for “outstanding graduate student”. In 2021, Decker was named a National Fisherman Highliner.