Lissa James

Lissa grew up on the Hama Hama farm, working on the tideflats in elementary and middle school and weekends in the retail store during high school. Before officially taking the reins of the retail store in 2005, she interned at the Colorado-based newspaper High Country News and studied seafood store management — technically English literature — at Middlebury College in Vermont.

During her tenure at Hama Hama, she’s helped the company expand its outreach to include an online store, an oyster saloon, and the Hama Hama Oyster Rama, a festival that may or may not be the largest intertidal party in the world. Her latest mission is teaching as many humans as possible how to open oysters. When she’s not organizing events or photographing intertidal sea creatures, Lissa likes to ride horses, practice her amateur woodworking, and hike in the Olympic Mountains. She currently splits her time between Lilliwaup and Seattle.