Andrew Lipsky

Fisheries & Offshore Wind Lead

Andrew Lipsky

Fisheries & Offshore Wind Lead


  • USDA Graduate School; National Leadership Development Program; 2010
  • M.S. University of Rhode Island, Marine Ecology and Watershed Hydrology, 2003
  • Masters Research- Development of an Eelgrass Restoration Site Selection Model & Transplant Suitability Index for Narragansett Bay
  • Visiting Researcher Brown University, Tidal Subsurface Hydrology Investigations, 1999
  • B.A. University of Vermont, Environmental Studies and Political Science, 1992
  • Undergraduate studies in Latin, Cornell University, 1987

Professional History

With over 25 years of fisheries experience, Andy has worked at the NGO, private industry, State, Tribal, and Federal levels. Andy joined NOAA and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in 2016 and currently serves as Center’s Acting Chief of Staff and Planning Officer in the Office of the Directorate. In this role he leads strategic and annual scientific and research budget planning across the Center’s scientific enterprise. In addition, he serves as the Center’s offshore wind and fisheries science team leader and co-chairs the NMFS Regional Wind Team. Prior to joining NOAA, Andy served as a managing partner for SeaPlan-a private resource planning startup, where he led efforts to design and execute collaborative fisheries studies to evaluate the effects of the Block Island Wind Farm on groundfish and lobster resources. From 2009-2011, Andy was appointed by USDA to serve as an Ocean Policy Advisor to the White House Council on Environmental Quality. From 2001-2009 Andy served as a State and Regional Fish and Wildlife Biologist for USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service to advance watershed and aquatic conservation programs, including fish passage, seagrass, and coastal wetland restoration; and developed conservation programs with the aquaculture industry. Andy began his fisheries career working on endangered desert fishes in the Southwestern United States back in 1992.

Andy works out of both the Woods Hole and Narragansett Labs of the NEFSC. He lives in Attleboro MA with his wife, Kiela, and his three daughters, Juliet, Thaila, and Malia.