Meet the Board

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Daniela V. Fernandez

SOA 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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Bob O'Connor

Corporate Partner, WSGR

Robert (Bob) O'Connor is a corporate partner with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Bob's global practice focuses on the representation of high-growth enterprises, with an emphasis on those innovating in the energy, infrastructure, mobility, consumer products, and sustainability sectors, as well as the representation of venture capital and private equity firms, corporate venture groups, family offices, and impact investors that finance them.

Bob is credited with having founded the firm's energy and infrastructure practice in 2003 and co-leads the firm's industry initiative today, which includes a cross-disciplinary team that is widely viewed as being among the preeminent energy and infrastructure practices in the country. Nationally recognized as a thought leader in the sector, Bob is a frequent speaker at prominent industry events nationally, and he is a go-to strategic partner to universities, laboratories, and accelerators committed to technology commercialization directed at energy and infrastructure innovation.

Prior to founding the firm's energy and infrastructure practice, Bob founded and served as managing partner of the firm's Salt Lake City office, during which time Bob represented many of the leading venture capital and private equity investors and technology enterprises in the region, including Altiris (sold to Symantec), NPS Pharmaceuticals, Omniture (sold to Adobe Systems), and Overstock.com. Bob also serves on the board of directors of the WSGR Foundation, a philanthropic vehicle for the firm's partners to support charitable and other community organizations.

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Laura Francis

Education and Outreach Coordinator, NOAA

Laura Francis has more than 30 years of experience in ocean and environmental science, education and outreach, working for the National Park Service, National Marine Sanctuary System and as a teacher and environmental educator. She leads a variety of projects and programs including professional development for teachers and creating education and outreach materials for the public designed to increase ocean awareness and stewardship. 

Laura has been involved with impact investing and philanthropy since 2016 and manages the Sea Forward fund, which supports projects and programs that inspire ocean conservation and climate solutions. Laura earned her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley in Zoology and her Masters at UC Santa Barbara in Deep Sea Biology. She is also on the board of the Community Environmental Council in Santa Barbara and is involved with the Santa Barbara Women’s Fund. She lives in Santa Barbara, California with her son.

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Pierre Ramadier

Senior Executive VP, Bank of the West

Pierre Ramadier is Senior Executive Vice President, Group Head of Wealth Management for Bank of the West, a subsidiary of BNP Paribas. He is also a member of Bank of the West’s Executive Management Committee.

Ramadier began his career in 1986 in France with the Paribas Group. In 2000, he was responsible for establishing the first Private Banking Region within the Paris Retail Network, thus launching the new wealth business model for BNP Paribas. In 2003, Ramadier was named Head of Champs-Elysées, one of the main Retail Branch Groups in Paris. Three years later, Ramadier became co-Head of BNL Private Banking in Italy, where he launched the new private banking business model and ensured its integration within the BNP Paribas business line.

In 2010, Ramadier was appointed Head of the New Domestic Markets within BNP Paribas Wealth Management, during which time he launched and supervised Wealth Management activities in Morocco, Turkey, Poland, Ukraine, Egypt and Tunisia. Shortly after, Ramadier was named Head of the International Retail Markets, extending his responsibilities to USA and Germany, and developing wealth management through local Group Subsidiaries and Joint Ventures.