The Reserve's immediate governing body is the South Slough Reserve Management Commission whose members are appointed by the Governor of Oregon.
Jim Paul, Commission Chair (Department of State Lands)
Jim Paul is the Director of the Oregon Department of State Lands. By state statute, the Director serves as the permanent chair of the Management Commission. The Commission serves as the Reserve's immediate governing body and establishes operating policies and administrative rules for the Reserve. As per state statute, the following eight members of the Commission are appointed by the Governor and serve as representatives of specific institutions, agencies, and other constituencies. The Management Commission reviews Reserve activities and proposed initiatives at meetings that are held three times a year and are open to the public.
Toni Ann Brend (Oregon Indian Tribes)
Toni Ann Brend serves on the Coquille Tribal Council and she represents the Coquille Tribe Indians on the South Slough NERR Management Commission.
Dr. Bob Cowen (Oregon State University)
Dr. Cowen is the Director of the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon. He represents Oregon State University on the Management Commission.
Trent Hatfield (Education)
Mr. Hatfield is an educator who teaches science to high school students in the Bandon school district. He represents K - 12 education on the Management Commission.
David Kronsteiner (Port of Coos Bay)
David Kronsteiner serves as the President of the Board of Commissioners for the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay. He represents the Port of Coos Bay on the South Slough Reserve Management Commission. Mr. Kronsteiner is the owner of West Coast Contractors, Inc., which is a heavy and commercial construction company.
Bob Main (Coos County Commission)
Bob Main of the Coos County Board of Commissioners represents Coos County on the South Slough Reserve Management Commission.
Lonne L. Mays (General Public)
Lonne Mays is a retired electronics engineer who represents the general public on the Management Commission. He is a resident of Coos Bay, Oregon.
Dr. Alan Shanks (University of Oregon)
Dr. Shanks is a Professor of Biology at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston, Oregon. He represents the University of Oregon on the Management Commission.
Kris Wall (Ocean & Coastal Resources Management)
Kris Wall represents the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resources Management on the Management Commission. She serves as its only non-voting member.