Washington Maritime Blue

A Strategic Alliance for Maritime Innovation and a Sustainable Blue Economy

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Washington Maritime Blue

EIN: 83-1638344


Washington Maritime Blue is committed to the development of maritime business, technology, and practices that promote a sustainable future contributing to economic growth, ecological health, and thriving communities.

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Joshua Berger

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Agriculture, fishing and forestry

Community and economic development

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LGBTQ people


Women and girls

Men and boys

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NTEE code info

Management & Technical Assistance (C02)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Our programs

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Blue Ventures

We support entrepreneurs and startups in maritime, ocean, and related sectors building the Blue Economy.

The Maritime Blue Innovation Accelerator is an intensive mentor-based four month program focused on helping maritime industry startups learn how to scale and grow. Startups receive access to Washington Maritime Blue industry and ocean leaders alongside a global network of mentors and advisors. This is a powerful opportunity for local companies to grow and secure funding in a sector where capital is often scarce.

The Maritime Innovation Incubators works to support founders and startups at every stage of their journey. The incubator is a twelve month program for early stage startups with an emphasis in bringing businesses and jobs to Tacoma and Seattle. We run two incubators, one based in Tacoma and one in Seattle.

The One Ocean Innovation Accelerator supports mid stage international startups by creating a soft landing in US markets through programming and networking.

Population(s) Served
Self-employed people

Maritime Blue facilitates collaborative R&D, Joint Innovation Projects (JIPs), business development, and teaming for grant opportunities to implement demonstration projects and drive early-stage technology to commercialization. Modeling other global centers of excellence, we use the collective strength of our Cluster to implement the State’s Strategy for the Blue Economy and collaborate to share resources, take advantage of funding mechanisms, and support strategic and feasibility planning.

Population(s) Served

Fostering an equitable and diverse 21st century workforce through career connected learning and employer driven engagement. Equity Focused Workforce and Employer Engagement Programs:
1. Youth Maritime Collaborative (YMC): A collaboration of youth serving, and public-private entities identifying pathways through experiential events
2. Expanded Maritime Cohort (EMC): School year program of 53 youth that are provided mentoring, wrap around services, and experiential opportunities.
3. Youth Maritime Accelerator Program (YMAP): Summer-long, youth focused, paid internship program. 8 weeks with cohort learning modules and wrap around services including DEI training and support for employers
4. Maritime Blue Career Launch Program: 3-Month, full time paid internship program with wrap around services, employer, commitments, and DEI training and support for employers.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

Quiet Sound is a collaborative program that aims to reduce the impact of large commercial vessels on SRKW through voluntary measures. Washington Maritime Blue, a nonprofit, provides administrative and financial support, the decision-making body for Quiet Sound is a group of stakeholders organized into a Leadership Committee and five Working Groups. These stakeholders include state, federal, and tribal governments, industry, research, and nonprofit groups.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Joint Innovation

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We envision Washington State as home to the most innovative Blue Economy in the world, comprising thriving maritime and ocean industries that address the climate crisis while fostering healthy marine and ocean ecosystems, and supporting equitable communities.

Through our programming and partnerships, Maritime Blue will support entrepreneurs and startups in maritime, ocean, and related sectors underpinning the Blue Economy through incubation, acceleration, mentorship, coworking, and public meeting spaces as a hub to the many spokes of maritime/ocean communities across the region, state, and globe.

We will create a platform for collaborative R&D, Joint Innovation Projects (JIP), and teaming for grant opportunities to implement demonstration and pilot projects and drive early-stage technology to commercialization.

We will create an equitable and diverse workforce of the future through stakeholder collaboration, funding, and public forums for industry-driven, career connected learning opportunities, and by building trusted relationships among underrepresented communities and employers.

Lead strategic initiatives, public outreach, global connections and marketing campaigns to support profitability, visibility, and opportunities across the Blue Economy, including market research and studies, networking, and strengthening of the knowledge base through engagement and thought leadership.

Build a thriving and sustainable organization that is effective, efficient, and models the values of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in its processes, governance, and culture.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


Washington Maritime Blue
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

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Average of 1.18 over 5 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.3 over 5 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

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Average of 11% over 5 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

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Washington Maritime Blue

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Washington Maritime Blue’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $39,104 $19,741 $420,836
As % of expenses 4.8% 0.9% 17.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $39,104 $19,741 $420,836
As % of expenses 4.8% 0.9% 17.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $848,463 $2,195,226 $2,899,277
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 158.7% 32.1%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 10.1% 5.8% 1.7%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 46.2% 48.8% 41.9%
All other grants and contributions 43.3% 41.9% 53.7%
Other revenue 0.4% 3.5% 2.8%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $809,356 $2,175,486 $2,478,442
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 168.8% 13.9%
Personnel 43.1% 58.3% 61.2%
Professional fees 45.9% 24.2% 10.9%
Occupancy 0.0% 8.2% 6.2%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 10.9% 9.2% 21.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $809,356 $2,175,486 $2,478,442
One month of savings $67,446 $181,291 $206,537
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $213,000
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $876,802 $2,356,777 $2,897,979

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 0.8 0.4 0.2
Months of cash and investments 0.8 0.4 0.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.0 0.5 2.5
Balance sheet composition info 2021 2022 2023
Cash $53,723 $78,006 $50,174
Investments $0 $0 $0
Receivables $173,996 $445,013 $690,830
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 68.9% 82.7% 31.0%
Unrestricted net assets $70,720 $90,461 $511,297
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $70,720 $90,461 $511,297

Key data checks

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Joshua Berger

Joshua Berger is the founder and CEO of Washington Maritime Blue, an independent cluster organization to implement the state’s strategy. Before joining Maritime Blue, he was Governor Jay Inslee's Maritime Sector Lead for the State of Washington. In that role, Joshua worked as the liaison between maritime industry stakeholders, the Governor’s office, legislature, and state agencies. As Director of Maritime, Joshua focused on economic development, building public/private partnerships, and ensuring a 21st-century workforce.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Washington Maritime Blue

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Washington Maritime Blue

Board of directors
as of 05/31/2023
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Board chair

Simon Geerlofs

Pacific Northwest National Lab

Joshua Berger

Washington Maritime Blue

Eleanor Kirtley

Green Marine

Jason Jordan

NW Seaport Alliance

W. Joe Allen

Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe EDA

Ann Avary

NW Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Tech

Pat Beard

City of Tacoma

Cosmo King


Vesa Koivumaa


Patty Rubstello

WA State Ferries

Nico De Golia


Caitlin Hardy

Kongsberg Maritime

Stephanie Jones-Stebbins

Port of Seattle

Chris Rye

TOTE Maritime

Sen. Liz Lovelett

WA State Legislature

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/25/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/25/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.


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