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David Helvarg –

david_helvargDavid Helvarg is Executive Director of Blue Frontier and the author of six books: Blue Frontier, The War Against the Greens, 50 Ways to Save the Ocean, Rescue Warriors, Saved by the Sea and The Golden Shore. He is editor of the Ocean and Coastal Conservation Guide, organizer of  ‘Blue Vision’ Summits for ocean activists and the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards (co-hosted with Wendy Benchley), and winner of Coastal Living Magazine’s 2005 Leadership Award and the 2007 Herman Melville Literary Prize. Helvarg worked as a war correspondent in Northern Ireland and Central America, covered a range of issues from military science to the AIDS epidemic, and reported from every continent including Antarctica. An award-winning journalist, he produced more than 40 broadcast documentaries for PBS, The Discovery Channel, and others. His print work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, LA Times, Smithsonian, National Geographic, Popular Science, Sierra, and Parade. He’s done radio work for Marketplace, AP radio, and Pacifica. He has led workshops for journalists in Poland, Turkey, Tunisia, Slovakia and Washington DC. He is a licensed Private Investigator, body-surfer and scuba diver.


Associate Director

Jud Nirenberg –

Jud is associate director at the Blue Frontier Campaign. An author and co-author of several 6260_108176147591_6828740_n-1books and articles on community organizing, activism and foreign affairs, he is the former CEO of Europe’s main consortium of Romani (Gypsy) civil rights organizations and current chairperson of the board of the National Roma Center in Macedonia. He has served as director of government relations at the Jane Goodall Institute and management roles at other organizations addressing natural resource management and public interest issues.  He has lectured at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute on minority community politics and has taught non-profit management in seminars across Europe and Africa.

Having grown up on the waterfront in Massachusetts and seen the disappearance of several species near his family’s home, he is concerned with shifting baselines and marine biodiversity.





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