Ruth Gates, PhD
Research Director Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, SOEST, UH Manoa
President International Society for Reef Studies (2015-2019); Scientists of the Year by ARCS Foundation. Featured in the film Chasing Coral.
Robert Richmond, PhD
Director, Kewalo Marine Laboratory; Professor, Principal Investigator
Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation; Past President, International Society for Reef Studies; Leopold Fellow Environmental Leadership.
Chapter Director, Sierra Club
Worked at Earth Justice; the Hawai’i State Capitol; Program Director at KAHEA: Hawaiian-Evironmental Alliance; The Outdoor Circle.
Hawai’i Convention Center, Event Manager; Freelance Event Production
Full service event producer; experiential marketing, concerts, environmental festivals….
Senator Will Espero
Hawaii State Senator
18 years in the legislature; serves as Senate Majority Flood Leader; Chair of the Senate Housing Committee. Running for Leutenant Governor..
General Manager, Maui Ocean Center
12 years with the Aquarium; committed to environmental stewardship, education for both residents and visitors, and to foster understanding, wonder, and respect for Hawai’i’s marine life..
Activist, vision weaver, preservationist, conscious event producer, change maker dedicated to using education to elicit shifts in behavior and awareness. Avid tree hugger and believer that Water is Life to be cherished and protected.
Co-Founder, Vice President, Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign
B.E.A.C.H. brings awareness and solutions to marine debris through: environmental education in schools and the community; marine debris removal and research; and plastic reduction campaigns
Co-Founder, President, Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai’i
Suzanne is an educator with over 30 years experience. She founded the award winning non-profit organization B.E.A.C.H., bringing solutions to marine debris through: environmental education; marine debris removal; plastic reduction campaigns.
Region 9 Chair; Secretary, Environmental Caucus Democratic Party
Founding Member, The Common Good Coalition. Executive Assistant, Pono Hawai’i Initiative. Committee Clerk, House Committee on Public Safety. Running for State House Representative District 49.
C. Kaui Lucas
Legislative Aide to Representative Gregg Takayama; Think Tech Hawai’i
Exploring policy and systems which support Hawai’i with nature and culture in balance. Specializing permaculture, integrated agriculture, sustainable Hawaiian resource management. Specialties: Bridging Western and Pacific Island cultural systems.
Executive Manager, Conservation International’s Center for Oceans
Mona loves making connections – collaborating on new ideas and projects that inspire and empower. Mona spent three years as Polynesian Voyaging Society Coordinator for the Promise to Paeʻ Āina – a unique collective initiative inspired by the historic Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage.
Founder of Nurture Nature Hawaii, freelance films for ocean advocacy. Coordinator for Pacific Center for Environmental Studies (PaCES.)
With education and collaboration, we can perpetuate any plan to maintain our state’s healthy Ahupua’a – including water quality, coral reefs, fish and marine mammals. #iamcoral
Michael Feeley has been passionate about ocean environmental issues since he was an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, where he graduated with a degree in Marine Biology. Michael had a 27 year career as an environmental scientist with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and currently volunteers with the education program at Hanauma Bay and at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology.