Who We Are

Our Team

Ocean Conservancy staff members are scientists and lawyers, accountants and advocates. But we’re also surfers and divers, fishermen and kayakers.

When we’re not in the office working hard to protect the ocean, we’re out enjoying it – from catching the perfect wave to reeling in the perfect catch.  

Our work allows us to use our individual talents to make a collective impact on the health of the ocean. We all share in the responsibility to find the solutions.

Executive Office

Janis Searles Jones
Email: jjones@oceanconservancy.org

Andreas Merkl
Email: amerkl@oceanconservancy.org

Emily Woglom
Executive Vice President
Email: ewoglom@oceanconservancy.org

Larry Amon
Chief Financial Officer
Email: lamon@oceanconservancy.org

Kenneth Donaldson
Vice President, Finance
Email: kdonaldson@oceanconservancy.org

Chris Dorsett
Vice President, Conservation Policy and Programs
Email: cdorsett@oceanconservancy.org

Scott Highleyman
Vice President, Conservation Policy and Programs

Sarah Humphries
Vice President, Resource Development
Email: shumphries@oceanconservancy.org

Marie Michelson
Vice President, Digital Strategies
Email: mmichelson@oceanconservancy.org

Julia Roberson
Vice President, Communications
Email: jroberson@oceanconservancy.org

National Conservation Policy and Legal Affairs

Kevin Allexon
Senior Manager, Government Relations
Email: kallexon@oceanconservancy.org

Alexis Baldera
Staff Restoration Scientist
Email: abaldera@oceanconservancy.org

Jeff Barger
Manager, Constituent Outreach
Email: jbarger@oceanconservancy.org

J.P. Brooker
Policy Counsel, Fish Conservation Program

Sarah Cooley
Director, Ocean Acidification Program

Joi Danielson 
Senior Fellow

Eric DesRoberts
Manager, Trash Free Seas Program

Michael Drexler
Fisheries Scientist, Fish Conservation Program

Becca Robbins Gisclair
Associate Director, Arctic Programs
Email: bgisclair@oceanconservancy.org

Andrew Hartsig
Director, Arctic Program
Email: ahartsig@oceanconservancy.org

Addie Haughey
Associate Director, Government Relations
Email: ahaughey@oceanconservancy.org 

Kara Lankford
Director, Gulf Restoration Program
Email: klankfordt@oceanconservancy.org

George Leonard
Chief Scientist
Email: gleonard@oceanconservancy.org

Matt Love
Senior Conservation Biologist-GIS Specialist
Email: mlove@oceanconservancy.org

Nicholas Mallos
Director, Trash Free Seas
Email: nmallos@oceanconservancy.org

Anne Merwin
Director, Ocean Planning
Email: amerwin@oceanconservancy.org 

Ryan Ono
Manager, Ocean Acidification Program 
Email: rono@oceanconservancy.org  

Todd Phillips
Monitoring Specialist, Fish Conservation Program
Email: tphillips@oceanconservancy.org

Chris Robbins
Senior Manager, Restoration Planning
Email: crobbins@oceanconservancy.org

Susan Ruffo
Managing Director, International Initiatives
Email: sruffo@oceanconservancy.org
Allison Schutes
Trash Free Seas Senior Manager 

Whit Sheard
Director, International Arctic Program
Email: wsheard@oceanconservancy.org 

Todd Stevenson
Senior Marine Scientist
Email: tstevenson@oceanconservancy.org 

Amy Trice
Policy Manager, Ocean Planning
Email: atrice@oceanconservancy.org 

Jeff Watters
Director, Government Relations
Email: jwatters@oceanconservancy.org

Anna Zivian
Senior Research Fellow
Email: azivian@oceanconservancy.org


Michelle Frey
Director, Digital Outreach
Email: mfrey@oceanconservancy.org

Kathy Powers
Associate Director, Digital Fundraising and Outreach
Email: kpowers@oceanconservancy.org

Erin Spencer
Manager, Digital Outreach
Email: espencer@oceanconservancy.org


Trishna Gurung
Director, Communications

Resource Development

Leslie Brown
Senior Manager, Membership
Email: lbrown@oceanconservancy.org

Amy Fonville
Director, Membership
Email: afonville@oceanconservancy.org

Malissa Lash
Deputy Director, Resource Development
Email: mlash@oceanconservancy.org

Kelly Luck
Director, Foundations & Government Support
Email: kluck@oceanconservancy.org

Charlotte Meyer
Director, Planned Giving
Email: cmeyer@oceanconservancy.org

Merrie Beth Nauman
Director, Data Analytics & Business Intelligence 
Email: mnauman@oceanconservancy.org

Sarah Sorenson
Associate Director, Individual Philanthropy
Email: ssorenson@oceanconservancy.org

Administration and Finance

Robin Bailey
Senior Manager, Administration
Email: rbailey@oceanconservancy.org

German Rodriguez
Budget Manager
Email: grodriguez@oceanconservancy.org

April Lockette
Accounting Manager 
Email: alockette@oceanconservancy.org

Do An Ocean of Good

Stand with us in the fight to keep the ocean healthy for marine wildlife and for the people whose lives and livelihoods depend on it.


Why the Ocean Matters

The ocean provides the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. Learn more about why the ocean matters to you.  

Vision for a Healthy Ocean

Ocean Conservancy works to keep the ocean healthy, to keep us healthy.

Our Solutions

We champion sound science that will lead to innovative, sustainable solutions.

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