Executive Board Members


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Sarah Barmeyer

Sarah Barmeyer is the senior managing director of Conservation Programs at the National Parks Conservation Association, where she coordinates priority initiatives related to water, landscape conservation, wildlife, and air for the benefit of national parks. She focuses on protecting and restoring waterways and habitats in and around national parks. More



Victoria Bell

Victoria Bell is an Associate I with the Lenfest Ocean Program. In this position, she works across the Lenfest Ocean Program and Communication department to design and implement a creative digital strategy to broaden the Program's audiences and increase stakeholder awareness of program-supported projects. More


Robin Garcia

Robin is the Communications Director for the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program. Working across four NOAA line offices, she leads communications, outreach, and media activities on coral reef protection, conservation, and restoration. She has previously worked in policy and communications for NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration and National Sea Grant Program. More



Supriti Jaya Ghosh

Supriti Jaya Ghosh is the Senior Maritime Policy Advisor at the U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation (CMTS). Her portfolio includes advancing Federal agency priorities on infrastructure investment and Veterans hiring within the U.S. maritime transportation system. More


Emma Kelley

Emma is a Policy Analyst with Collabralink, where she supports the NOAA Research Council. Previously, she supported the NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology, where the focus of her work was to facilitate partnerships providing scientific and technical support for the implementation of ecosystem-based management (EBM) across national boundaries. More


Eva Lipiec

Eva Lipiec is an Analyst in Natural Resources Policy with the Congressional Research Service. As analyst, she answers directly to Congressional Members and their staff on ocean and coastal questions and topics of interest, such as ecosystem restoration, marine debris, and others. As part of CRS, Eva ensures her work is non-partisan, authoritative, and confidential to best serve Congress and the public. More


Jacques Oliver

Jacques (“Jack”) is a senior regulatory scientist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water, in Washington, D.C.  Since joining the Office of Science and Technology in 2007, his work has focused on implementing the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (Clean Water Act), specifically water quality standards development and regulatory oversight activities.  More


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Kelsey Schueler

Kelsey is a Conservation Policy and Programming Specialist at Environmental Incentives, where she builds clients' capacity to use adaptive management and learning to enhance the effectiveness of their biodiversity programming. More


Kristina Surfus

Kristina is Director, Legislative Affairs for the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, a trade association representing publicly-owned wastewater and stormwater treatment agencies. The focus of her work is to support federal policies that advance clean water, are rooted in sound science and leverage public dollars for the greatest environmental and public health outcomes. More


Lisa Wu

Lisa Lyle Wu currently teaches marine biology and is the lab director for the oceanography/geophysical systems lab at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, VA (a STEM magnet and Governor’s School).  She has developed curricular materials for Discovery Channel, Washington Post NIE, PBS News Hour, videos for FCPS and initiated Virginia’s marine biology curricula. More


Shannon Yee

Shannon joined the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation in 2013 and serves as its Policy and Conservation Director. At NMSF, she coordinates Capitol Hill Ocean Week, the premier ocean policy conference in DC; manages government relations and advocacy efforts to both the legislative and executive branches; engages local community leaders in promoting and strengthening national marine sanctuaries; and oversees the foundation’s field-based conservation and research projects across the nation. More