The Reserve's immediate governing body is the South Slough Reserve Management Commission whose members are appointed by the Governor of Oregon.
Vicki Walker, Commission Chair (Department of State Lands)
Vicki Walker 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.
Chief Warren A. Brainard (Oregon Indian Tribes)
Chief Brainard serves as the Tribal Chief of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians (CTCLUSI) and he represents the Confederated 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.
John Burns (Port of Coos Bay)
John Burns is a CEO of the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay. He represents the Port of Coos Bay on the South Slough Reserve Management Commission.
John Sweet (Coos County Commission)
John Sweet of the Coos County Board of Commissioners represents Coos County on the South Slough Reserve Management Commission.
Currently Vacant (General Public)
Represents the general public on the Management Commission.
Maya Watts (University of Oregon)
Maya Watts 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.