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Ms. Mariko Powers, Program Officer, Oceankind

How do donors (ranging from traditional foundations to impact investors) craft strategies to maximize positive marine outcomes? Mariko Powers, Program Officer at Oceankind, will highlight case studies that show how investment in cell-based seafood, marine protected areas, and blue carbon catalyze solutions for ocean health.  

Funding the Ocean: Exploring Careers in Environmental Philanthropy
Lecture and Discussion
Speaker: Ms. Mariko Powers, Program Officer, Oceankind
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
6:00pm to 7:00pm PST
Online via Zoom

Please note:   We will not be recording this lecture.

About the Topic

Our era of unprecedented wealth has been accompanied by unprecedented levels of philanthropy, with nearly $400 million in marine and ocean related grants issued from U.S. foundations and corporate giving programs in 2018 alone. In this presentation, MIIS alum Mariko Powers will share key lessons from her experience at a new philanthropic organization that catalyzes solutions for ocean health. She will discuss how donors ranging from traditional foundations to the emerging community of ocean impact investors craft strategies to maximize positive marine outcomes. Mariko will highlight case studies from her portfolio of grants to date, including projects that advance cell-based seafood, marine protected areas, and blue carbon. She’ll also discuss her career journey and the skills needed to become a program officer a grant-making organization.

About the Speaker

Mariko Powers is a Program Officer at Oceankind, a new philanthropic organization that seeks to address the growing threats facing our oceans. Mariko oversees grant-making related to marine and coastal habitat conservation. She obtained her MA in International Environmental Policy with a focus in Business and Sustainable Development from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) in 2018. As part of her MIIS education, she studied development project design in Egypt, spent a summer as a visiting researcher at the International Centre for Climate Change and Development in Bangladesh, and served as a Project Management Intern for Conservation International in the Philippines. She graduated from Occidental College in 2013 with a BA in Diplomacy and World Affairs.

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Lecture Location:  Online via Zoom

Title: Class #IEPG 8666A: Intl. Marine Policy Speaker Series

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The Center for the Blue Economy is a research organization at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.  Our mission is to promote a sustainable ocean and coastal economy (the “Blue Economy”) through leadership in research, analysis, and education.  For questions contact: Rachel C. at or visit or call 831-647-4183 (must leave message and receive call back).