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Wendy Benchley
Marine Conservationist
Wendy is a long-time environmental and marine conservation activist. She is co-founder and Trustee of the New Jersey Environmental Federation (NJEF), founder of the Mercer Citizens for Public Accountability, a member of the board of Shark Savers, and Advisory Trustee at Environmental Defense Fund. She served as an elected member of the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Princeton Borough Council.

Scott Fielder
Scott Fielder is a California attorney.  He has been in private practice since 1978 and specializes in personal injury and wrongful death litigation.  He has also worked extensively on a pro-bono (volunteer) basis on cases involving nuclear power plant decommissioning and safety.  Along with his successful practice as an attorney Scott is an active scuba diver and marine conservationist.

Randy Hayes
Foundation Earth
Randy Hayes is founder and Board President of the Rainforest Action Network, consultant to World Future Council and Principle Organizer for Foundation Earth. Randy is a veteran of many high-visibility corporate accountability campaigns and has advocated for the rights of Indigenous peoples. He worked as the President of the City of San Francisco Commission on the Environment and as Director of Sustainability in the Office of the Mayor of Oakland. Randy has a Master’s degree in Environmental Planning.

David Helvarg
Founder & President, Blue Frontier Campaign
David Helvarg is founder and President of the Blue Frontier Campaign.  A long time ocean enthusiast, he is the author of Saved by the Sea, Rescue Warriors, Blue Frontier, 50 Ways to Save the Ocean and The War Against the Greens, and editor of The Ocean and Coastal Conservation Guide. He has worked as a war correspondent and award-winning journalist in Northern Ireland and Central America, and reported from every continent, including Antarctica.

Ted Howard
Executive Director, The Democracy Collaborative, MD
Ted Howard is the founding Executive Director of The Democracy Collaborative, based at the University of Maryland. Previously he was the Executive Director of the National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives based in Washington D.C. For the past three decades he has worked in the not-for-profit/civil society sector, including more than 15 years in international development with NGOs and agencies of the UN system. He is author or co-author of several books, including Ending Hunger, Entropy, and Who Should Play God?

Vicki Nichols Goldstein
Founder, Colorado Ocean Coalition
Vicki Nichols Goldstein is the founder of Colorado Ocean Coalition. Vicki has worked in the non-profit and ocean conservation field for over twenty-five years addressing a multitude of issues including vessel traffic, sustainable seafood, oil spill contingency planning, and fisheries interactions. While working for NOAA she co-wrote the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Designation Documents. During her 10 years as Executive Director of Save Our Shores, she initiated and organized the first Central California Fishermen’s Forum on Marine Protected Areas and developed the Sanctuary Stewards Certification and Dock Walkers Programs. In 2010, she formed the Colorado Ocean Coalition where she is protecting oceans from a mile high.

Isis Schwartz
Founder, Sustainable Plans International
Isis  Spinola-Schwartz, MBA Sustainable Enterprise, has been a campus and urban planner  for over fifteen years. Isis has extensive project management experience and has designed and  implemented large scale  institutional projects. Her focus is on  the  implementation of projects utilizing a collaborative approach with emphasis on natural resource conservation, sustainability, and sound financial  management.

Jim Toomey
Creator, Sherman’s Lagoon
Jim Toomey is creator of ‘Sherman’s Lagoon’ a comic strip that appears in over 250 newspapers in North America and over 30 foreign countries.  It combines two of his lifelong passions:  Art and the Sea. His marine conservation work has also won him an Environmental Hero Award presented by NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A graduate of Duke and Stanford, in 2008 Jim received his Masters of Environmental Management degree from the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke.

Cindy Zipf
Executive Director, Clean Ocean Action, NJ
Cindy Zipf is founder and Executive Director of Clean Ocean Action, a broad-based coalition of 180 organizations, and the Mid-Atlantic region’s largest and most effective voice for the sea. In her position as founder and Director of COA she has helped lead efforts that resulted in the passage of landmark federal and state legislation.


Ralph Nader Author / Activist Center for the Study of Responsive Law
Philippe Cousteau President EarthEcho International
DeeVon Quirolo Former Executive Director Reef Relief
Robert Kennedy Jr. President Waterkeepers Alliance
Dr. Paul Ehrlich Author / Biologist Stanford University
Juliete Majot Environmental Consultant
Peter Douglas Executive Director California Coastal Commission
Zeke Grader Executive Director Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman’s Associations
Greg Stone Director of Marine Programs Conservation International
Roger Berkowitz CEO Legal Sea Foods
Jeremy Rifkin Author/Activist The Foundation on Economic Trends
Jeff Ruch Executive Director Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility
John Passacantando Former Executive Director Greenpeace USA
Sarah Chasis Marine specialist Natural Resources Defense Council
David Guggenheim Executive Director 1 Planet 1 Ocean
Chris Palmer Director Center for Environmental Filmaking
Robert Davis Founder/CEO Seaside Florida
Chris Evans Former Executive Director Surfrider Foundation
Steve Ellis Vice President Tax Payers for Common Sense
Donna Frye Councilwoman San Diego, CA
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