REEF's Director of Science, Dr. Christy Pattengill-Semmens, was voted on to the Board of Directors of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI) at the GCFI Conference earlier this month. She will serve a 5-year term on the board, helping to direct and govern the organization. The GCFI was founded in 1947 to promote the exchange of current information on the use and management of marine resources in the Gulf and Caribbean region, involving scientific, governmental, and commercial sectors to provide a broad perspective on relevant issues. Christy’s first started attending the annual GCFI conference in Key West in 1999, and have attended in most years since, often presenting on REEF's latest achievements and findings (see other article in this issue on REEF presentations at the 2019 conference). To find out more about the GCFI, visit