Open to the Public

Gathering of Latinos 2018
Marce Gutiérrez-Graudiņš, Founder and Director of AZUL, with Latinos 2018

We know the ocean conservation field needs to diversify. In California, Latinxs are particularly important voices missing from the majority of conversations. What is the urgency, why is this a problem, how do we fix it?

About the Speaker

Marce Gutiérrez-Graudiņš used to sell fish, now she saves them. An environmental justice advocate who began her career in the commercial fishing and aquaculture fields, Marce is the Founder and Director of Azul, which works with Latinos to protect coasts and oceans. Through her work, she has helped design and implement a statewide network of marine protected areas as well as a sustainability and marketing program for local California fisheries. As a leader in the campaign to ban single-use plastic bags in California, she has worked to reduce marine pollution and protect ocean wildlife. Recently, she participated in the first Congressional roundtable on Environmental Justice on Capitol Hill, and was the principal author of a white paper on Latino Environmental Leadership lauded as “a blueprint for diversity in the Environmental Movement” by Congress member Raul Grijalva, Ranking Member of the Natural Resources House Committee.

Marce has been recognized as an “Inspiring Latina working for a cause” by Latina magazine (2014), and as a Aspen Environment Forum Scholar by the Aspen Institute (2012). She’s a founding member of the Latino Conservation Alliance, a proud graduate of the HOPE’s (Hispanas Organized for Political Equality) Leadership Institute 2013 class, and currently serves as a mentor for the RAY Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship as well as on the advisory board for the Ocean Foundation. A native of Tijuana, Mexico; Marce now makes San Francisco home.

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Lecture Location:  McGowan 102

The McGowan Building is located at 411 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA, 93940, on the campus of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Attendees should enter through the glass doors from Pacific Street, and room 102 is located inside to the right. View the campus map.


Parking is available in any Middlebury Institute campus lot after 5 p.m., or on the street (time limits on surrounding streets end at 6 p.m.)


Contact Rachel Christopherson at the Center for the Blue Economy at or (831) 647-6615.


McGowan MG102
McGowan Building
411 Pacific St
Monterey, CA 93940