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There is a disconnect between research and ocean solutions that requires breaking down the silos that exist among research universities and institutions, professional ocean-focused societies, NGOs, IGOs, foundations, business and financial institutions in order to link research, development, and deployment processes within a unified framework. In 2019, a group of leading research and academic institutions joined together to create Ocean Visions as a network to co-create and deploy equitable, durable, and scalable ocean solutions to the growing crisis in our climate and ocean. 


Mobilize a diverse community of problem-solvers working together to tackle the most pressing challenges facing the ocean.


The Leadership Team is an advisory body assembled to activate and mobilize the Ocean Solutions Network. The team sets the overall strategic vision for the Network, establishes priorities, reviews progress and products, and facilitates collaboration and communication with external parties.  

Chris Scholin

President and CEO, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Steve Gaines

Dean of the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Namrata Kolla

Product Engagement Manager, Vulcan Inc.

Erin Satterthwaite

Marine Ecologist, California Sea Grant at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Chuck Greene

Professor, Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University

Anna Zivian

Senior Research Fellow at Ocean Conservancy

Millicent Pitts

Chief Executive Officer and Director, The Ocean Exchange

Rick Murray

Deputy Director and Vice President for Research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Gwen Nero

Director of Corporate Affiliates, Business Development, Industry Outreach, and Innovation at UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Emanuele Di Lorenzo

Professor and Founding Director of the Program in Ocean Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology

Cassandra Brooks

Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder

Alfredo Giron

André Hoffmann Fellow at the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions and the World Economic Forum Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

John E. Fernández

Professor and Director,
Environmental Solutions Initiative, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Paul Holthus

Founding President and CEO of the World Ocean Council

Fiorenza Micheli

Co-Director of Stanford’s Center for Ocean Solutions and of Hopkins Marine Station, and the David and Lucile Packard Professor of Marine Science at Stanford University

Daniela V. Fernandez

Founder and CEO of Sustainable Ocean Alliance

Brad Ack

Executive Director and Chief Innovation Officer for Ocean Visions


Fiorenza Micheli

Professor & Co-Director Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions

Emanuele Di Lorenzo

Professor and Founding Director of the Program in Ocean Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology

Nancy Knowlton

Sant Chair in Marine Science Emerita, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Joe Handy

President and CEO, National Black MBA Association

Martin Gray

Chief Marketing Officer at Georgia Aquarium


Brad Ack

Executive Director and Chief Innovation Officer

Dr. David Koweek

Science Director

Jessica Keith

Communications Director



Ocean Visions strives to cultivate a diverse, equitable, and just community that provides an inclusive voice for the role of ocean solutions in addressing societal needs.