Founder and CEO
Daniela is an award-winning social entrepreneur, writer, and speaker on ocean technology, youth engagement, and blockchain.
She is the Founder and CEO of Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA), a global organization that advances the impact of youth-led social enterprises, start-ups and community projects that are developing solutions to protect and sustain our ocean.
Daniela has been recognized for her work by former U.S. Secretary John Kerry and EU Commissioner Karmenu Vella. She is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, has been listed as Azula’s Top 5 Ocean Heroes of 2016, named one of Glamour Magazine’s 2016 Young Women of the Year and received the Peter Benchley Ocean Award. Daniela is a contributor to National Geographic blog and Sustainable Brands; has been interviewed by Voice of America, New York City TV, Ocean Radio; and has been a speaker at The Economist World Ocean Summit, United Nations, Net Impact Conference, World Ocean Festival, Collision Conference, and WE Day.
Chief Innovation 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.
Chief Operations Officer
Michael brings a broad-based background and deep experience in operations, finance and accounting, legal and business matters, corporate finance, real estate, and taxation. Previously a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Attorney (JD), he has a Masters (LLM) in Taxation and a Masters (LLM) in Corporate Law from New York University (with honors). Michael brings managerial support and experience to SOA from both nonprofit and for-profit emerging companies in various industries, including energy, water remediation, biofuels, and other technologies. As an avid diver, Michael has intimate knowledge of, and relationship with, the splendor of the oceans; and believes that preservation of the ocean, nature’s greatest resource, is paramount in our efforts to negate the effects of climate change.
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.
Program and Business Development Manager
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.
Accelerator Program Associate
Katie graduated with BSc in Environmental Science with a concentration in Applied Ecology from the College of Arts and Sciences at Santa Clara University. At Santa Clara, Katie worked with the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship as a Global Social Benefit Fellow. As a fellow, she assisted Sistema Biobolsa, a social enterprise based in Mexico City, in scaling their operations to serve new markets overseas. Prior to joining SOA as Accelerator Program Associate, Katie worked at Impact Amplifier based in Cape Town, South Africa, where she supported several of their accelerator programs by helping early-stage high-impact social enterprises of various sectors develop growth strategies and investment cases. In her free time Katie enjoys surfing, skiing, painting, and cooking.
Nishan is an economist and the founder of Breakthrough Ocean Ventures, an advisory firm that leverages new technologies to solve ocean problems. He formerly served as Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council and assisted in establishing the WEF Special Initiative on the Ocean. He is the author of Soul of the Sea in the Age of the Algorithm and played an instrumental role in developing SOA's 2019 State of Our Ocean Report.
Josh advises SOA on digital strategy, sustainability, and partnerships. He is also a member of the SOA Mentor program.
Accelerator Research Fellow
Sophie currently attends St. Andrews University in Scotland, where she's studying Environmental Science with a focus on marine sustainability. In her spare time she works on projects related to fashion and event sustainability. She enjoys golf, fast cars, and swimming with sharks.