The Sustainable Ocean Alliance Team

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    Daniela Fernandez

    Founder & CEO

    Daniela is an award-winning social entrepreneur, thought leader, and internationally sought-after speaker on the entrepreneurial mindset, ocean innovation, technology, youth empowerment, and sustainability. 

    At the age of 19, Daniela founded Sustainable Ocean Alliance as a college-room idea at Georgetown University. Five years later, SOA has created the world's largest network of young Ocean Leaders in over 150 countries and launched the world's first Ocean Solutions Accelerator to support developing technological solutions to address the greatest threats facing our planet.


    Daniela has been recognized for her work by former U.S. Secretary John Kerry, U.S. President Bill Clinton, and E.U. Commissioner Karmenu Vella. She is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and a member of Friends of Ocean Action—a select group of leaders working to fast-track solutions to ocean challenges.

    She was awarded the 2020 Rising Star Visionary Award by the Silicon Valley Forum and named a 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur. Other awards and recognitions include Glamour Magazine's College Women of the Year, Zula's Top 5 Ocean Heroes of 2016, the Peter Benchley Ocean Award, and the Bustle Upstart Award. Daniela is a contributor to National Geographic and Sustainable Brands, and has been interviewed by Voice of America, New York City TV, and Ocean Radio.

    She has served as a keynote speaker at The Economist World Ocean Summit, the Global Climate Summit, The Global Convening of Mayors, The United Nations, U.S. Capitol Hill Ocean Week, Collision Conference, Sustainable Brands Conference, WE Day, and Davos 2019 - The World Economic Forum’s annual meeting.

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    Chris Walker

    Chief Operating Officer

    Chris Walker has committed his career to empowering people and organizations to do their best work. Chris is a passionate dynamic leader with extensive experience developing strategies, systems, infrastructure, and supporting tactics in public, private, philanthropy, and non-profit sectors.

    Chris most recently led program strategy and planning at Nia Tero, a US-based nonprofit working in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples and movements worldwide to secure and uphold many of the planet's healthiest ecosystems essential to the security of global food production, fresh water, and ultimately, the Earth's climate.

    Chris’ global leadership in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector began at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Chris was originally recruited to the Gates Foundation to lead continuous improvement of their grants and contracts management systems and processes responsible for $5 Billion in investments annually. After the launch and implementation of the foundation’s harmonized investment workflow processes, Chris led finance and operations for their largest program, Agricultural Development, comprising $400 Million annual budget, 11 complex portfolios, 80 staff members, and offices in the United States, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and India.

    Chris is a graduate of California State University Maritime Academy, and after spending nearly a year of his life at sea, is excited to join Sustainable Ocean Alliance to advance the impact of startups, social entrepreneurs, and youth-centered initiatives that are developing solutions to the greatest threats facing our ocean.

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    Craig Dudenhoeffer

    Chief Impact & Investments Officer

    Craig Dudenhoeffer is the Co-Founder of SOA’s Ocean Solutions Accelerator, where he helps entrepreneurs leverage technology to solve the ocean’s biggest problems. Prior to joining SOA, Craig worked at ReadWrite where he helped launch the world’s first Internet of Things (IoT) accelerator program. 

    At ReadWrite, Craig worked closely with 115 early-stage technology startups from a variety of industries including healthcare, agriculture, fitness, safety, cleantech, energy, and smart cities. Before entering the technology sector, Craig worked at the National Marine Fisheries Service and studied Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California Santa Cruz.

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  • Brandon Levy

    Brandon Levy

    Chief Program Officer

    Brandon is a community builder, systems thinker, and mission-driven professional with experience working with leading sustainable enterprises.

    He is passionate about equipping youth leaders with frameworks for strategic thinking and conscious leadership, which he believes are the necessary skill sets to achieve maximum social impact and personal fulfillment. Outside of SOA, Brandon is a board member for the Young Professionals in Energy and is a mentor for StartingBloc, a fellowship program that convenes, supports, and shapes the leaders our future needs.

     

    During his tenure at the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF), Brandon helped manage CalSEED, a funding and professional development program for innovators and entrepreneurs working to develop early-stage clean energy concepts. Brandon recently completed an MBA at the Presidio Graduate School where he focused on market-based solutions to climate change. In addition to the MBA, Brandon holds a B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University where he graduated with special honors . Brandon enjoys spending his free time listening to and creating music, philosophizing with friends, traveling to beautiful locales, playing basketball, and engaging in contemplative practices.

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    Annie Greenberg

    Director of Marketing

    Annie (she/her) is a passionate believer in the power of storytelling. An award-winning journalist and marketer, she specializes in finding the powerful details that resonate to bring complex messaging to life. 

    She started her career covering tribal politics and environmental issues for The Navajo Times, and worked at other news outlets such as The Kansas City Star and ABC San Diego before transitioning to the startup world. There, she specialized in building unique brand voices and content creation – and made it her mission to prove that elevating untold stories can open hearts and minds. Most recently, she has combined the skills she learned in news and tech to focus on mission-driven marketing in the nonprofit space. 

    Annie was born and raised in Florida and has spent most of her adult life on the California coast, so she feels most at home near the ocean. In her free time, you can most likely find her curled up with a good book or planning her next travel adventure.

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    Ashley Pond

    Director of Development

    Ashley brings well over a decade of institutional and individual fundraising experience to SOA. She's dedicated to advancing philanthropic causes, having earned her MPA with an emphasis in nonprofit management from the University of Southern California. 

    Ashley has a passion for environmental and youth-centered organizations, having worked for the California Academy of Sciences, NatureBridge, and most recently The Nature Conservancy.

    Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, on the Puget Sound, and spending most of her adult life along the California coast, Ashley has a deep love of our oceans. When she's not at work, Ashley loves reading and hiking.

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    Taylor Garrett

    Grants and Impact Lead

    Taylor brings an expertise in nonprofit development and an abiding dedication to environmental sustainability to his work at SOA. 

    He believes that saving the planet in the next 12 years will require bringing forth a world where young people feel the possibility—and moral responsibility—to create a life aligned with both their values and a thriving ocean. Taylor graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado with a concentration in environmental and indigenous policy. He has held positions at National Geographic, Americorps, and land and ethnic conservation NGOs in New York City and San Francisco.

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    Martha Cavazos

    Program Lead

    A believer in the power and importance of shared experiences and ideas, Martha (she/her) prioritizes community to create a more just, sustainable world together. With over ten years experience in leadership development and program and experience design, Martha leads the development and implementation of all programs and curriculum for the SOA community around the world.

    In a collaborative team, she designs experiences like the virtual four-week Ocean Solutions Accelerator, the UN Ocean Conference Youth & Innovation Forum, and ongoing, global community programming and engagement across all of the network's stakeholders. Martha is also a believer in hot sauce and regular journaling. A longtime ocean lover, you can find her now settled in the Great Lakes with her dog in Detroit.

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    Doreen Wong

    Ecopreneurship & Investments Lead

    Doreen (“Dory”) is a social entrepreneur, community builder, and thought leader in climate and sustainability. Her passion in environmental conservation and technology led her to SOA’s Ocean Solutions Accelerator, where she works closely with founders, funders, and operators to accelerate climate tech solutions and tackle our most challenging ocean problems. 

    Doreen brings over 10 years of experience in technology consulting, venture capital, startups, public policy, and nonprofit board leadership to SOA. In San Francisco, she first launched her career in venture as one of the founding members of Alumni Ventures Group’s Social Impact Fund and Towerview Ventures. She then led technology scouting engagements for various clients. In 2020, Doreen joined Republic as a Venture Partner to democratize access to early stage investments and support for founders, irrespective of their background, race, gender or location. She is committed to fostering more diverse, equitable, and inclusive communities in the tech industry.

    Doreen has a bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a professional master's degree in Environmental Engineering from Duke University.

    In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors - hiking, biking, camping, backpacking, snowboarding, and scuba diving.

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    Sofía Barboza

    Global Community Manager

    Sofía is passionate about effective science communication that helps people understand the climate crisis as well as their role as solution-seekers. 

    Sofía brings a background in anthropology, international development, education, and climate science to SOA. She spent 2 years in northeast Brazil on a Fulbright Grant where she taught English for Specific Purposes at the Universidade Federal de Campina Grande and Universidade Federal de Pernambuco and mentored other U.S. Fulbright Scholars as a representative of the Fulbright Brazil Commission. She holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh with a focus on Latin American Studies, and an M.A. in Climate and Society from Columbia University’s Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences/The Earth Institute where she studied climate dynamics, climate change & variability, and related societal impacts. 

    Most recently, she worked with the Kenya Red Cross on a geospatial analysis to understand key climatic/weather drivers of locusts and developed a Spanish climate curriculum for the Pro Eco Azuero Foundation in Panama. She has also been a teaching assistant for the “Water Resources and Climate” course offered by Columbia University’s MS in Sustainability Management. In her free time, Sofia likes to try new recipes, do yoga, salsa dance, watch environmental documentaries, and continue her love of languages. She speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese and is currently learning Italian. She firmly believes that planetary and human health are inextricably intertwined and that the ocean must be advocated for due to its crucial role in regulating climate.

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    Jon Letts

    Program Operations Manager

    While working on his Masters degree at Northeastern University, Jon was a coach for 'Idea: Northeastern's Venture Accelerator', one of the premier university entrepreneurial ecosystems in the US.

    He joined one of the Big Four Accounting firms as an auditor to develop a stronger understanding of operational processes and system design. Jon was then responsible for the US expansion of a multimillion dollar product line at a major international retailer. After the launch he transitioned to leading an IOT solution decreasing waste in thousands of office buildings. Through that process Jon discovered an opportunity and passion and launched an operational and events consulting firm. Jon has and continues to support organizations that focus on improving the wellbeing of life on earth.

     

    Jon cares about connecting personal wellbeing, environmental wellbeing, and technology. In every aspect of his life these three pillars are reminders of what he finds most important. For Jon it started with technology. He built his first computer at 10 and that led to the development of many physical and digital tools to simplify his life. He was initially very focused on productivity and time management, though over the years Jon has developed that question into something more holistic.

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    Melissa Murray

    Finance & Operations Manager

    Melissa brings 20 years of finance and accounting knowledge and 5 years of non-profit experience to SOA. Melissa's career includes working in banking, consulting and corporate accounting. She has helped small business owners manage and grow their financial well-being by providing advice, professionalism and responsiveness to their financial needs.

    Having spent her entire life living on the Atlantic Ocean coastline, Melissa has a great love and appreciation of the ocean. Already an advocate and supporter of philanthropic work, she shares a passion to make positive changes locally, nationally and globally. An active member in children's health in her home state of Rhode Island, Melissa founded the Dorian J. Murray Foundation, is a leadership council member of Hasbro Children's Hospital, and spokesperson for the RI Blood Center.

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    Camila Vega

    Portfolio Manager

    Camila is an experienced founder, operations executive, and community organizer. She helped co-found two technology and education companies focused on social impact which raised over $1.8M in funding from NSF, Princeton and private investors. Camila brings international business experience and has a background in entrepreneurship, fundraising, systems thinking, and human-centered design. 

    She spent the past two years working with Centro Community Partners helping over 300 local underrepresented entrepreneurs gain access to $500K in funding and resources. She is passionate about helping others and creating a future for everyone that involves caring for the planet, our ocean, and each other. 

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    Leon Wang

    Program Manager

    Leon Wang, 王立中 (Wáng Lì Zhōng), is a genderqueer Taiwanese 2nd gen American (they/them, ki/kin) who is able-bodied with an invisible neurodiversability. In essence, they are an (Auto)Catalyzing Connector, Exploration Facilitator, and Networks Weaver. At heart, ki is an extreme generalist that is creating conduits toward (b)righter futures. Leon leverages deep expertise in Life-Centered Design, Nature-Inspired Creativity, Emerging Technologies, and Justice|Equity|Diversity|Inclusion (JEDI) to amplify change-agents to create and evolve more optimal and well-adapted solutions for our planet.

    In the last 6 years, Leon has engaged deeply in diverse doings with trailblazing organizations like Sustainable Ocean Alliance, Buckminster Fuller Institute, One Point Five, Singularity University, Biomimicry 3.8, StartingBloc, Playground of Empathy and RETHINK that are all thought leaders in the impact space. Leon is a Certified Biomimicry Professional with a M.S. Biomimicry from ASU and B.S. Bioengineering from UCSD.

    Leon operationalizes and delivers SOA's Oceans Solutions Accelerator, advancing solutions of global entrepreneurs and organizers to heal our oceans and create a more sustainable future for our planet. In our collaborative dream team, they design, build and advise the operating systems (tools and culture), virtual four-week program, network development, mentorship program and ongoing, global network engagement and programming.

    Leon is bravely shifting our dreaming, knowing, being and doing in this world to be more People Positive, Complexity Conscious and Life Liberating. As an Anti-Bias Anti-Racist Intersectional Environmentalist, they also strive to bring awareness to critical (un)learning of systems of oppression. In radical brave spaces, ki invites attention, intention, and repetition toward active shaping of more just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive (JEDI) futures for All Life.

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    Tara Simpson

    Senior Graphic Designer

    Tara is an expert visual problem solver who brings design, identity and project management experience to the team. She relishes creating a cohesive brand experience across every facet of an organization, bringing essential stories to life. Tara holds a BFA in Art with a focus in Graphic Design from Illinois Wesleyan.

     
    As Brand Consultant & Art Director at Wondr Health, she oversaw the creation of a new identity. Her team produced corresponding branded collateral including a digital app, custom videos and photo shoots, printed collateral, advertising, membership campaigns, and infographics. Tara got her start in the healthcare technology space at Maestro Health in Chicago. Responsible for brand creation & application, she helped Maestro rise as an established brand within the market. 
     
    Tara lives in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago. When she's not at work, you can typically find her exploring the city with her dog Jordan, spending time at the beach, eating Italian food, or dreaming up a new travel excursion (typically somewhere oceanside).

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    Sabrina Skelly

    Development Associate

    Sabrina joins SOA with four years of nonprofit development experience driven by a passion for marine conservation. She has served several conservation nonprofits in the Santa Barbara region in leading the organizations' development and fundraising efforts. 

    Based in Laguna Beach, Sabrina brings a strong background in organizational development, fundraising, communications, and impact strategy.

    As a UC Santa Barbara graduate in Environmental Science and Marine Conservation, Sabrina is highly motivated by solving the climate crisis, ocean conservation, and preserving our planet's sensitive ecosystems. In 2018, Sabrina conducted research with the University of Queensland and the Solomon Islands National University to analyze the impacts of marine protection for the biodiversity of inshore coral reefs in the Coral Triangle.

    When she is not advocating for the ocean, Sabrina is making pottery, practicing yoga, exploring national parks, and adventuring with her dogs.

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    RAY Conservation Fellow

    Sofia developed a passion for environmental conservation through watching the drastic change of landscapes over time and witnessing the vulnerability of both human and non-human communities to climate change. This passion has lead her to obtain a B.S.F.R from the University of Georgia where her studies focused on wildlife science and sustainability.

    Her interests lie in applying research to conservation policy, the intersection of environmental, economic, and social sustainability, and mobilizing communities. She believes in the power of collective action to create tangible solutions for the present and future.

    Throughout her undergrad, she has worked on multiple research projects with goals of understanding the ecology of different species to aid in further conservation decision making efforts. She brings a cross-cultural background through her studies in countries leading in sustainable development as well as those more susceptible to the changing climate. These cross-cultural experiences has given her a widened perspective to the immediate action needed going forward in protecting the planet.

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  • Rachel Koh

    Rachel Koh

    Solutions Portfolio Intern

    Rachel is the Summer 2022 Startup Portfolio Intern through EDICT (Empowering Diverse Climate Talent). She is currently a student at Boston University, studying Business Strategy and Sustainable Energy. 

    Rachel is from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Growing up on the island of Borneo, environmental sustainability has always been important to her. On campus, she has been deeply involved in Boston University's sustainability efforts and has supported projects, focusing on circular economy, low carbon dining, vertical farming, and city resilience to climate change disasters. Rachel also manages Boston University's First Year Innovation Fellowship Cohort, where she provides support to help scale student-led startups.

    In her free time, Rachel enjoys gardening, dancing classical ballet, photography, and having good conversations on sunny days. Her favorite ocean memory is watching baby leatherback turtles hatch with her mom on the beach of Lankayan Island.

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Key Contributors

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    Kalli Gillmer

    Content & Branding

    Kalli is a creative director and marketing consultant based in Los Angeles. Her expertise lies in content creation, branding, and partnerships. 

    Kalli obtained her degree in International Relations and Arabic from American University, with a specialty in Peace and Conflict Resolution. After working in Congress, she decided to focus on cross cultural exchange and peace building, particularly through travel and wellness. Kalli lived in the countries of Jordan, Morocco, and Indonesia working in these industries until she moved back to the U.S. in 2020. Shortly after moving to LA, she started her own marketing and creative consulting firm, as well as launched a pop-up wellness events company to build community and connection. Through her contract work with AKUA, a seaweed food start-up that went through SOA’s accelerator program, Kalli met the SOA team. She is excited to contribute her diverse and creative skillset to an organization truly on a mission to make the world a more inclusive, understanding, cruelty-free, sustainable, and loving place.

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    Ben Lesage

    Global Coordinator

    Benjamin Lesage is passionate about the ocean and is an expert in technology and innovation. He has been an active startups’ mentor at SOA since 2018.

    Prior to joining SOA full-time, Ben worked for the innovation studio of BNP Paribas in San Francisco. In this tenure, he would provide advisory services to the Bank and large European corporations on their open innovation and startups engagement strategies.

     

    He is the author of the first study dedicated to Ocean Technology startups, and was invited to share his work in various media and events such as Hello Tomorrow and La Mer XXL. Benjamin lived for more than 10 years in Canada and in the US and is knowledgeable about both North American and European business ecosystems. Benjamin enjoys spending his free time sailing and surfing.

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    Lucas Maniez

    Graphic & Web Designer

    Lucas Maniez (Graphikas Design) is an art director and eco-designer, who focuses his creative energy on issues related to the climate crisis, working closely with ethical startups and small businesses to help them punch above their weight with kick-ass low footprint branding.

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    Sophie Silkes

    Marketing and Communications

    Sophie is a marketing and communications director, senior content strategist, and copywriter working at the intersection of technology and sustainability.

    Over the past decade, Sophie has created unique marketing engines to power purpose-driven startups, non-profits, and foundations. She focuses on cultivating mission-forward messaging and content strategies that weave into one consistent, powerful expression of values-based identity.

     

    Previously, Sophie was the Marketing and Communications Director at e180 and Braindate.  Prior to that, she led a heritage space restoration project, Crew Collective, for the founders of Crew.co and Unsplash.com. Sophie has a background in food systems and urban sustainability, and served as an inaugural Social Innovation Fellow for Canada's largest private social impact funder, the J.W. McConnell Foundation.

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  • Emily Tewes

    Emily Tewes

    Science and Policy

    Emily is a Marine Ecologist and Ocean Conservationist with six years of federal government experience focusing on fisheries biology, climate change, science education, and international program management. During her time at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), she helped build new research partnerships and foster existing ones with colleagues in Japan, Indonesia, Korea, and the Caribbean. 

    As a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow, she worked with NOAA leadership to respond to the agency's tasks under President Obama's Climate Action Plan. She highly values interdisciplinary collaboration and working across cultures, and geeks out over innovative solutions to environmental challenges.

     

    She holds a M.S. in Marine Estuarine Environmental Science from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and a B.S. in Soil, Environmental, and Atmospheric Science from the University of Missouri. She is also an avid scuba diver, bird watcher, swimmer, and yoga practitioner. She is currently based in Barcelona, Spain.

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  • Shannon Cosentino-Rousch

    Shannon Cosentino-Rousch

    Global Policy and Campaigns

    Shannon has a wealth of international ocean policy expertise; from DC to Italy, Africa, and Singapore, Shannon specializes in working at the intersection of high level policy, programs, and field level implementation.

    She has worked with governments, communities, non-profits, academia, and the private sector. She is passionate about catalyzing innovation and collaboration to drive sustainability and impact, building a bridge between people and the environment.

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  • Jason Hudson

    Jason Hudson

    Videographer

    Jason is a photographer, videographer and graphic designer based in San Luis Obispo California. Growing up on the coast of North Carolina, Jason developed a passion for water sports that quickly crossed with his passion for photography and storytelling. 

    After developing a freelance career as a journalist, Jason set his sights on growing technical proficiency in digital design, film making and art direction. Passion and inspiration has alway remained paramount in career pursuit. In spare time, Jason can be found either in his darkroom or surfing and sailing along the central coast of California.

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Regional Representatives

Regional Leaders of the SOA Global Community

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    Eugenia Barroca

    Regional Representative for Portuguese-Speaking Countries

    Eugenia has a degree in Marine Biology from the University of Algarve, Portugal, which was completed with a final project based on marine debris’ abundances in three Portuguese beaches. 

    Over the past 10 years, Eugenia had an active role in several environmental volunteering projects, from national to international organizations. With a core focus on science communication, she had organized community events such as beach cleanups, informative talks, screenings, debates and art exhibitions in order to involve different elements of our society in the ocean revolution that our planet is asking for. Eugenia was the Portuguese Delegate at Youth Advisory Council from World Oceans Day (2016-2018). Now she also works as an All-Atlantic Youth Ambassador with the support of Ciência Viva.

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  • Daniel Cáceres Bartra

    Daniel Cáceres Bartra

    Regional Representative for Hispanoamérica

    In 2015 Daniel founded the biggest ocean collective group in the country "Cuidando el mar", in 2016 he became US Alumni and in 2017 Daniel founded SOA Perú which was the first SOA international hub and is currently the largest Network of young ocean leaders in Perú, having chapters in every coastal department of the country.

    Daniel has been an ocean adviser for presidential candidate Veronika Mendoza, and currently is trusted personnel for the Peruvian Congress where with Congressman Ed Malaga and the climate change commision are proposing the first deep seabed mining moratorium bill in Latin America. 

    Daniel has been a youth delegate for Our Ocean 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, and has been part of the official peruvian delegation for COP 22, 23, 25 and 26. In 2015 he was the youngest divemaster in the country, in 2016 he won the Hreljac medal for being the young person with the most impact in the sustainable development of the country and in 2017 he won the agent of change award by Scientific University of the South. 

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  • Mark Haver

    Mark Haver

    Regional Representative for North America

    Mark has interned at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Office of Protected Resources as a Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Communications Specialist, and was selected as a NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholar. 

    Last year, Mark interned with NOAA at the the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument where he composed a science review on translocation as a conservation tool for species threatened by climate change. He is an active Ocean Leader with Sustainable Ocean Alliance, which has taken him to Malta, Alaska, and Norway. He holds executive leadership positions with College Democrats of America and Florida College Democrats.

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    Komal Kumar

    Regional Representative for Oceania

    Komal is a recognized Youth Climate Activist focusing in the area of Climate Change since 2016. She has actively participated in many successful events, few of these include COP23, COY13, Global Landscapes Forum 2019, UN Youth Climate Action Summit as a Green Ticket Recipient, COP25 and COY15. 

    She has recently joined the Sustainable Oceans Alliance as the Pacific Island Representative. The main objective of her role is to increase the presence of SOA in the Pacific and provide an engaging platform for youths from the Pacific to engage more effectively in the Oceans space both regionally and internationally. As a Green Ticket recipient to the Youth Climate Action Summit in New York on 21 September 2019, she was part of the opening plenary, sharing the stage with United Nations Secretary-General, H.E. Antonio Guterres and leading youth activist, Greta Thunberg, where she represented Fiji and the Pacific and YOUNGO.

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    Mary Jane Lamoste

    Regional Representative for Asia

    Mary Jane (MJ) grew up in the mountains of Southern Leyte Philippines. Her keen interest in the ocean lead her to graduate with a bachelor of Biology major in Marine Biology degree from the Visayas State University (2015) and earned leadership training at East-West Center Hawaii through the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) in 2018.

    As a marine biologist, she worked at LAMAVE, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of marine megafauna and the marine environment in the Philippines. Initially, her focus is on the elasmobranch mainly the life history and reproductive biology Mobula ray fishery in the Bohol sea. She then went on leading a team of multicultural researchers studying the sea turtle population at Apo Island Philippines and building the National Turtle Catalog.
    While putting effort into the conservation of marine life MJ notice the lack of economic opportunities faced by women in the coastal communities. Hence, she founded Tagpi-Tagpi-Tagpi (a Filipino word for patching things together) a circular economy initiative that will grow women-led business in coastal communities in the coral triangle through personal initiative training. Since its pilot in February 2020, she has trained (3 )coastal communities and upcycled more than 4000 pieces of jeans and clothes. MJ received grants that provide more opportunities for women in times of pandemic notably Experential Professional Development Fellowship and Grants by East-West Center and Ocean Solutions Microgrants by Sustainable Ocean Alliance.


    MJ is passionate about organic gardening, women empowerment, mentoring youth leaders, and mindfulness. Her family already accepted that she have develop gills with her craziness about life under the sea.

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    Forbi Perise

    Regional Representative for Africa

    Based in Cameroon, Forbi coordinates the action and activities of Hubs in 9 African countries. He was recently featured in Global Citizen and received the 2021 Diana Award for his leadership in conservation.

    His  passion for the environment started out with a love of the natural world and evolved in an elaborate network of beliefs about the importance of environmental protection and of reversing some of the harm that we humans had done to the Earth. Perise has led several community projects, and is plastic pollution Activist   He is popularly known as the “plastic man" due to his efforts to raise awareness on the issue of plastic pollution.  He acknowledges that youth can bring remarkable change to their community if they are given opportunity and can  work together. It is his  aim to share his passion with others in his community and in the continent of Africa. 

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  • Khadija Stewart

    Khadija Stewart

    Regional Representative for the Caribbean

    Khadija is an enthusiastic climate specialist with a passion for inspiring behaviour change through knowledge sharing and innovative storytelling. She holds a BSc in Environmental and Natural Resource Management, a MSc in Sustainable Development with Management Studies and a 2nd MSc in Climate Change and Development from the University of London. 

     

     

    Throughout Khadija's environmental journey, she has represented Trinidad and Tobago at the 8th World Water Forum with the World Youth Parliament for Water in 2018, at the Peace Boat Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassador Program in 2019 and at the Our Ocean Youth Leadership Summit in Oslo with Sustainable Ocean Alliance.

    Khadija is the founder of Ecovybz Environmental Creatives—a company focused on educating the public through environmental content creation and powerful storytelling initiatives focused on Climate Change, Ocean Conservation and Water Resources. She has lent her voice and stories to several initiatives worldwide with Peace Boat, Global Water Partnership and UNESCO Caribbean all focused on SDG6, 13 and 14. Her biggest project to date is the Caribbean Ocean Perspective Initiative.  Equipping youth with the knowledge to be effective agents of change is at the core of Khadija's work. She is also the host of the EcoVybz Podcast and the Caribbean Regional Representative for Sustainable Ocean Alliance.

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Advisors

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    Ryan Lindolm

    STRATEGY

    Ryan Lindholm (RL) is the co-founder and CEO of InGoodTaste driving creative and strategic initiatives through business design. 

    Always solutions-oriented and willing to jump in, Ryan believes that there is no problem too large or small for brands and agencies. As a trusted business partner, he contributes his wide range of experiences that challenge marketing and creative initiatives to best maximize impact for his clients.

    RL has helped brands like Nike, Google, Coors, Clif Bar, Nature’s Path, Intel, Brita and Dr. Scholl’s pushing organizations to new heights in an effort to maximize their potential. He cut his teeth in the ad world as a strategist working with agencies including TBWA Chiat Day, JWT, BBD, HAVAS, Razorfish, AKQA and Mcgarrybowen to his client experience at Nike, Clif Bar and Nature’s Path. 

    Prior to Farm League, RL was the President of McgarryBowen to pioneering creative and innovation at Nike through leading the Explore Team, Digital and Sustainable design practices. These efforts ranged from the launch of Nike training club and the implementation of the NYC store to advising Nike’s sustainable practice. Today’s RL expands on his passion for sustainability through all facets of his life personally and professionally. 

    A New York native who fell in love with California and mountain life, RL now lives with his partner in Marin, CA.

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    Harrison Dahme

    Senior Software Engineer, Coinbase

    Harrison Dahme is a Senior Software Engineer at Coinbase and former Director of Engineering at Indisputable Labs, a blockchain lab. Harrison currently works in the non-profit arm of Coinbase, where he’s in charge of the direct giving program (donating crypto to folks in need in the developing world) and the grant program (disbursing $2M+).

    Harrison is also a full stack web applications engineer, which has given him a deep technical understanding, and the skills to be able to solve problems at scale. In addition to his engineering and product management background, Harrison is also a designer and is able to express complex ideas visually, understand customers' motives and desires, as well as evaluate a product/process from a high-level aggregate to granular perspective.

    In his capacity as Advisory Board Member & Blockchain Advisor position at SOA, Harrison will help identify both development opportunities and grant opportunities - as well as help guide any blockchain initiatives. In addition, Harrison will facilitate the education of the SOA team to better understand the blockchain landscape and to increase crypto-literacy. Lastly, Harrison is serving as a SOA mentor to SOA startups and young leaders and assisting in building partnerships so that SOA emerges as a thought leader at the nexus of blockchain innovation and environmental action.

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    Steve McCormick

    Venture Partner, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation; co-founder of Earth Genome

    Steve has spent over forty years in the not-for-profit sector. He currently is a Venture Partner at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, supporting portfolio organizations in various capacities including as a board member. He is also the CEO and co-founder of Earth Genome, dedicated to curating data to improve sustainable use of natural resources.

    From 2007-2014 Steve served as President and CEO of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

    Prior to his time at the Moore Foundation, Steve worked at The Nature Conservancy for 32 years, including as its President and CEO overseeing operations in 30 countries as well as every state in the U.S.

    A leader in the social innovation sector, Steve has served on numerous boards, including of the California Academy of Sciences, Sustainable Conservation, The Independent Sector, the Student Conservation Association, and the Advisory Boards of the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative and U.C. Berkeley College of Natural Resources.

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