China Ocean Institute is a consulting firm that conducts research on Chinese ocean and fisheries policy.


Tabitha Grace Mallory (马碧珊is the CEO of the China Ocean Institute and Affiliate Professor of the University of Washington Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. Dr. Mallory specializes in Chinese foreign and environmental policy. She is currently conducting research on China and global ocean governance and has published work on China’s fisheries and oceans policy. Dr. Mallory has consulted for organizations such as the United Nations Foundation, the World Wildlife Fund, the World Bank, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). She previously served as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program, and has also worked for The National Bureau of Asian Research and for the U.S. government. 

Dr. Mallory holds a Ph.D. (with distinction) and an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a certificate from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, and a B.A. in international studies and Mandarin Chinese from the University of Washington.

Dr. Mallory serves on the board of directors of the China Club of Seattle and is a member of the Washington State China Relations Council.

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Geoff Potter is Operations Manager of the China Ocean Institute and a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree candidate in Applied International Studies at the University of Washington.

Prior to joining the China Ocean Institute, Geoff served as Program and Policy Director, as well as Communications Director, at the Alliance for Gun Responsibility. His previous experience includes policy, communications, and strategic planning experience for elected officials and candidates across the country, at the federal, state, and local levels.  He gained experience both as a staff member and as a consultant, and frequently managed or contributed to candidates’ general election debate preparation.

Raised in Newtown, Connecticut, Geoff has made Seattle his home since 2011. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Political Science at Syracuse University in upstate New York.