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Below is the growing list of over 150 influential people, organizations, and policy makers supporting the Ocean Climate Action Plan (OCAP).   Take action and join our Ocean Climate Action Mailing List to keep connected to the movement!


Ocean Climate Action Plan
Primary Signatories as of April 14, 2021

Ms. Katherine Abbott, President & CEO, Boston Harbor Now
Mr. Tobias Aguirre, Chief Executive Officer, FishWise
The Honorable W. Ron Allen, Tribal Council Chairman, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
Ms. Maribel Andonian, Co-Lead, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Monterey County Chapter
Mr. Glenn A. Arthur, Chairman, New Jersey Council of Diving Clubs
Dr. Mimi Larsen Becker, Associate Professor Emerita, Environmental Science, Policy & Management,  University of New Hampshire
Ms. Wendy Benchley, Ocean Conservationist
Ms. Angel Braestrup, Board Member, The Ocean Foundation
Ms. Peg Brandon, President, Sea Education Association and SEA Semester
Dr. Robert D. Bullard, Co-Chair of the National Black Environmental Justice Network (NBEJN)
Ms. Laura Cantral, Executive Director, Coastal Conservation League
The Honorable Roderick Carlson, President, Chignik Bay Tribal Council
Mr. Graham Casden, Founder and Chief Visionary Officer, Ocean First Education
Ms. Susan Casey, Author, Journalist, and Ocean Advocate
Ms. Laura Cassiani, Executive Director, Mission Blue 
Mr. Don Côqayohômuwôk Chapman, President, Uncas Consulting Group; Former Tribal Liaison, White House National Ocean Council
Ms. Linda Charles, Co-Lead, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Monterey County Chapter
Ms. Martha Collins Esq., President, Collins Law Group
Mr. Michael Conathan, Executive Director, Aspen High Seas Initiative
Mr. James Conaway, Author     
Ms. Ashlan Cousteau & Mr. Philippe Cousteau, Filmmakers, Authors & Explorers
Mr. Trammell S. Crow, Founder, Earth X
Dr. Benjamin E. Cuker, Professor of Marine and Environmental Science, Hampton University
Mr. Robert Davis, Founder of Seaside, Florida
Dr. Jeff Dayton-Johnson, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Institute, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
Dr. Serge Dedina, Co-Founder and Executive Director, WildCoast
The Honorable Bruce Carlos Delgado, Mayor, City of Marina
Ms. Mia DeMezza, Executive Director, EarthEcho International
Mr. Vipe Desai, Founding Member of the Business Alliance for Protecting the Pacific Coast
Ms. Rebecca Dmytryk, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wildlife Emergency Services
Mr. Steve Dubiel, Executive Director, EarthCorps
Dr. Sylvia Earle, Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic; Founder, Sylvia Earle Alliance
Dr. Stephen F. Eisenman, Director of Strategy, Anthropocene Alliance
Ms. Daniela Fernandez, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Ocean Alliance
Mr. Doug Fetterly, Former Chair, Marine Team, Sierra Club
Ms. Jane Fonda, Actor and Climate Activist
Dr. James W. Fourqurean, Distinguished University Professor; Director, Coastlines and Oceans Division, Institute of Environment, Florida International University
Dr. Jed Fuhrman, McCulloch-Crosby Chair in Marine Biology and Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California
Dr. Melissa Garren, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Working Ocean Strategies
Professor Dina Gilio-Whitaker, American Indian Studies, California State University, San Marcos
Ms. Vicki Nichols Goldstein, Founder and Executive Director, Inland Ocean Coalition
Ms. Sheri Goodman, former U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Environmental Security); former President and CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership; former Senior Vice President and General Counsel of CNA (Center for Naval Analyses)
Dr. Michael Graham, Professor; Co-Managing Editor, Journal of Phycology; Director of Research and Development, Center for Aquaculture, Moss Landing Marine Labs
Dr. Charles H. Greene, Professor Emeritus and Director, Ocean Resources and Ecosystems Program, Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University;  Ocean Visions Fellow, Ocean Visions Leadership Team
Dr. Gary Griggs, Distinguished Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California Santa Cruz
Dr. Carla Guenther, Chief Scientist, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries
Mr. Daniel Hayden, President and Chief Executive Officer, Restore America’s Estuaries
Mr. Randy Hayes, Founder, Rainforest Action Network, Executive Director Foundation Earth
John Hocevar, Oceans Campaign Director, Greenpeace
Mr. Andrew Holland, Chief Operating Officer, American Security Project
The Honorable Jared Huffman, Member of Congress (CA-02)
Dr. Bonnie D. Irwin, Chancellor, University of Hawai’i at Hilo
Dr. Wallace J. Nichols. Marine biologist and author of Blue Mind 
Mr. Jeremy Jackson Professor of Oceanography Emeritus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Ms. Mary G. Jameson, Ocean Conservationist
Mr. Phillip Johnson, Executive Director, Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition; founder and former director, CoastWatch
Ellie S. Jones, Founder and Executive Director, Everblue
Dr. Steven H. Kaplan, President, University of New Haven
Mr. Bob Keefe, Executive Director, E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs)
Dr. Brendan Kelly, Executive Director, Study for Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH), Center for the Blue Economy Senior Fellow
The Honorable Secretary John F. Kerry, Visiting Distinguished Statesman, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 
Dr. Harvey Kesselman, President, Stockton University
The Honorable Billy Keyserling, Mayor, City of Beufort, South Carolina
Pradeep K. Khosla, Chancellor, University of California San Diego
Dr. Judith Kildow, Founder and Director Emeritus, National Ocean Economics Program, Center for the Blue Economy, Middlebury Inst. of Intl. Studies
Dr. Geraldine Knatz, Professor, University of Southern California; Former Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles
Dr. Nancy Knowlton, Author, Citizens of the Sea
Dr. Thomas W. Krise, President, University of Guam; Vice Chair, Guam Council on Climate Change Preparedness and Resiliency  
The Honorable John Laird, California State Senator (CA-17),  Former California Secretary for Natural Resources
Dr. Cynthia Larive, Chancellor, University of California Santa Cruz
Mr. R.J. Lehmann, Director of Finance, Insurance and Trade Policy, R Street Institute
Dr. Xingen Lei, Professor, Cornell University
Dr. Charles Lester, Director, Ocean & Coastal Policy Center, Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara
Mr. David Levine, Co-Founder and President, American Sustainable Business Council
Mr. Kurt Lieber, Founder and Executive Director, Ocean Defenders Alliance
Dr. James Lindholm, James W. Rote Distinguished Professor of Marine Science & Policy & Chair, Department of Marine Science. California State University Monterey Bay
Ms. Pam Longobardi, Distinguished University Professor of Art, Georgia State University, Atlanta; Regents’ Professor, Board of Regents, State of Georgia
Mr. Tony MacDonald, Director, Monmouth University, Urban Coast Institute and Former Executive Director, Coastal States Organization
Barbara and Greg MacGillivray, Founders of One World One Ocean Campaign and Owners of MacGillivray Freeman Films
Mr. Peter Macy, Chief Business Officer, Blue Ocean Gear, Inc.
Mr. Mark Magaña, Founding President & Chief Executive Officer, GreenLatinos
Dr. Edward Maibach, MPH, PhD, Distinguished University Professor, Director, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University
Mr. Jonah Margulis, Senior Vice President, U.S. Operations, Aker Offshore Wind U.S.A. LLC.  
Ms. Jennifer Marlow, Assistant Professor, Humboldt State University, and Co-Executive Director, Three Degrees Warmer.
Mr. Mike Maturo, Founder of Green Earth
Mr. Bill McKibben, Author, Educator, Environmentalist, and Founder of 350.org
Dr. Sunshine Menezes, Clinical Associate Professor of Environmental Communication and Executive Director of Metcalf Institute, University of Rhode Island
The Honorable John A. Miller, Mayor, Fernandina Beach, Florida
Ms. Christina Mittermeier, Founder, Sea Legacy 
Dr. Rob Moir, Executive Director Ocean River Institute
The Honorable Bill Monning, former California State Senator (CA-17)
Dr. Lance Morgan, President, Marine Conservation Institute
Mr. Bill Mott, Executive Director, The Ocean Project
Dr. Chad Nelsen, Chief Executive Officer, Surfrider Foundation
Mr. Paul Nicklen, Founder, Sea Legacy
Dr. Karina Nielsen, Executive Director, Estuary and Ocean Science Center and Professor of Biology, San Francisco State University; Executive Committee Member, California State University Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST)
Mr. Frank Nutter, President, Reinsurance Association of America
Dr. Dave Oakes, Co-Founder, Co-Director, and President, Center for Ecological Living and Learning (CELL)
Dr. Eduardo M. Ochoa, President California State University Monterey Bay
Ms. Katherine O’Dea, Executive Director, Save Our Shores
Ms. Tamara Toles O’Laughlin, advocate for people and planet, North America Director, 350.org
The Honorable Marc R. Pacheco, State Senator, Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Founding Chair of the Senate Committee on Global Warming & Climate Change
Ms. Barbara Page, Co-founder, Anthropocene Institute
The Honorable James V. (Jimmy) Panetta, Member of Congress (CA-20)
Mr. Leon E. Panetta, Chairman, The Panetta Institute for Public Policy and Former Secretary of Defense
Ms. Supriya Patel, Co-founder and Partnerships Coordinator, Earth Uprising
Dr. Laurie Patton, President, Middlebury College
Margo Pellegrino, Long distance Paddler and Ocean Activist
Mr. Mark Perry, Executive Director, Florida Oceanographic Institute
Dr. Ellen K. Pikitch, Endowed Professor of Ocean Conservation Science and Executive Director, Institute for Ocean Conservation Science, Stony Brook University, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
Dr. Ellen Prager, President, Earth2Ocean Inc.
Mr. Louie Psihoyos, Executive Director, Oceanic Preservation Society
Dr. Nancy Rabalais, MacArthur Fellow 2012
John Racanelli, President & Chief Executive Officer, National Aquarium
Dr. Ussif Rashid Sumaila, Professor and Director, Fisheries Economics Research Unit, Institute for Oceans and Fisheries, University of British Columbia
Dr. Drew Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Professional Association of Diving Instructors
Mr. Jeremy Rifkin, President, Foundation on Economic Trends
Ms. Tamara Rose Roske, Founder and Executive Director, Earth Guardians
Mr. Blayne Ross, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Shorelock
Mr. Sean Russell, Founder and Director, Youth Ocean Conservation Summit; Associate Director of Youth Engagement & Partnerships, EarthEcho International
Ms. Daniella Russo, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Think Beyond Plastic Foundation and Think Beyond Innovation Accelerator; Associate Professor, Middlebury Institute of Intl. Studies
Mr. Enric Sala, Marine Ecologist, Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic and Founder of National Geographic’s Pristine Seas project
Ms. Shari Sant Plummer, Founder and President, Code Blue Foundation
Ms. Cyn Sarthou, Executive Director, Healthy Gulf
Mr. David Schwartz, President and Owner of Schwartz and Associates Landscape Architecture
Mr. Paul Shapiro, Chief Executive Officer, Better Meat Company
Dr. William F. Sharpe, Professor of Finance Emeritus, Stanford University
Dr. Joy Leilei Shih, Chair, National Marine Team, Sierra Club
Dr. A.R. Siders, Assistant Professor, Biden School of Public Policy and Administration, Department of Geography; Core Faculty Member, Disaster Research Center, University of Delaware
Mr. Brian Skerry, Photographer, National Geographic
Mr. Bren Smith, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Greenwave; Founder and Owner, Thimble Island Oyster Company
Mr. Mark J. Spalding, President, The Ocean Foundation
Dr. Richard W. (Rick) Spinrad: Former Chief Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Professor, Oregon State University
Ms. Skye Steritz, Water Protector & Regional Liaison , Native Conservancy
Dr. Leah Stokes, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara
The Honorable Mark Stone, California State Assemblymember (CA-29)
Tom Swan, Executive Director, Connecticut Citizen Action Group 
Dr. David Tapley, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biology, Salem State University
Mr. Bill Taylor, Vice President, Taylor Shellfish
Ms. Liz Taylor Chief Executive Officer, DOER Marine
Mr. Chris Tellis, Owner and Harbor Master, Yellow Ferry Harbor, Sausalito, CA; Co-Founder, Antenna Audio; President, Embarcadero Financial Corporation; General Partner of Interest; Income Partners
Ms. Hannah Testa, Sustainability Advocate, International Speaker and Founder of Hannah4Change
Mr. Nainoa Thompson, President, Polynesian Voyaging Society
Dr. Brian Tissot, Director, Humboldt Marine and Coastal Science Institute and Marine Laboratory, Humbolt State University
Mr. Jim Toomey, Creator & Cartoonist, Sherman’s Lagoon
Mr. Thomas Townsend, Thomas Townsend Custom Marine Woodworking 
Mr. Dwaign Tyndal, Executive Director, Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE)
Captain Don Walsh USN (ret), PhD, Oceanographer and Explorer
Ms. Briana Warner, Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic Sea Farms
Mr. Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen
Ms. Caitlin Werrell, Co-Founder, The Council on Strategic Risks and The Center for Climate and Security
Dr. Rob Wilder, businessman, environmental activist, and academic; CEO & Founder of Wildershares, LLC; Manager, WilderHill Clean Energy Index
Ms. Cortney Koenig Worrall, President and Chief Executive Officer, Waterfront Alliance
Mr. Marc Yaggi, Executive Director, Waterkeeper Alliance