Speaker Bios – Finfish Session

Brian Filipowich

Brian Filipowich is the Chairman of the National Aquaponics Association. He administers
Association business, coordinates an annual conference, writes articles, and conducts public policy work. Key policy issues have been the decision to keep aquaponics organic-eligible, and the inclusion of
aquaponics in the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill. Mr. Filipowich is also the Director of Anacostia Aquaponics DC
LLC. This small business has conducted a variety of aquaponics projects since 2016, including the
management of the University of the District of Columbia’s 3,000 gallon aquaponic systems in 2017.
Currently, Anacostia Aquaponics focuses on aquaponic systems for STEM education, and operates multiple aquaponic and hydroponic systems at a DC high school. Mr. Filipowich also serves on the Washington, DC Urban Ag Subcommittee of the DC Food Policy Council. Mr. Filipowich has a Master of Public Policy degree from the George Washington University, a Master Urban Composter Certificate from the DC Department of Parks and Rec, and is the graduate of multiple aquaponics training courses. From 2007 to 2015 Mr. Filipowich was a Professional Staff Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

Chris Tollini

Chris Tollini is the Assistant Aquaculture Manager at the USM Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology’s Aquaculture Research Center (ARC). Mr. Tollini received his MS in Biology from Bloomsburg
University where his research focused on optimizing the nutritional requirements and culture conditions for green sea urchins. He has over 17 years of experience in aquaculture, 15 of which involving RAS, and
has cultured over 20 different species of finfish and crustaceans. He is a member of the Aquaculture
Engineering Society and has extensive experience in RAS design, build-out and facility management.

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