USMRC appoints Tiffany Torrey as director of grants and fundraising


(MIDDLETOWN, R.I.) — The United States Maritime Resource Center (USMRC) has appointed Tiffany A. Torrey as its new director of grants and fundraising. Torrey comes to USMRC with an extensive background in fundraising, grant writing, strategic planning, and maritime operations.

In her new roll, Torrey will lead all research and management of grant opportunities for USMRC as part of its overall fundraising strategy. She will leverage her past experience in the shipping industry to liaise with relevant maritime industry stakeholders in the development of partnerships for federal grant funding centered around port security and cyber security. Torrey also will be responsible for developing USMRC’s messaging to other potential public and private grantors.

“Tiffany is expected to play a critical role in USMRC's recently initiated fundraising effort to address some of the capital investments we need as an organization to remain on the cutting edge of maritime research and education, and to contribute to the betterment of our industry,” said USMRC President Brian Holden.

In addition to having worked as a consultant and grant writer, Torrey worked in the maritime industry as a port captain, vessel planner, and superintendent. She earned her bachelor of science degree in marine transportation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and spent 10 years in the Navy Reserve.

“I am excited about being able to combine my knowledge of the maritime industry with my experience in nonprofit fundraising to help take USMRC to the next level,” Torrey said.


USMRC is an independent, nonprofit marine operations and maritime risk research center. This practical research drives and informs USMRC’s main program areas: modeling and simulation, education and training, technical and risk assessment, and advocacy and outreach.  These programs focus on outcomes that contribute to navigation safety, maritime risk mitigation, human capital development, marine environmental stewardship, and raising awareness of international shipping, maritime trade and transport. USMRC is recognized as one of the foremost experts in employing maritime simulation and modeling technologies in conducting highly regarded marine operations research for both domestic and international sponsors in advancing the field of marine operations around the world. USMRC is also the first research center to develop an industry-leading approach to understanding maritime cyber vulnerabilities, known as the USMRC Maritime Cyber Assurance research program. For more information, visit

By Professional Mariner Staff