Who We Are

Partners

AltaSea is a unique public-private ocean institute that convenes and nurtures the best and brightest pioneers and organizations in science, business and education.  it is from these intersections that innovation is born, and from innovation comes groundbreaking impact.

Business

Blue Latitudes is a certified women-owned marine environmental consulting firm. They develop sustainable, creative, and cost-effective solutions for the environmental issues that surround the offshore energy industry.

Blue Robotics develops technology to make exploration of the ocean more accessible for all. The company develops affordable underwater drones and other marine robotic products.

Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company, subleases wharf and water space at AltaSea to dock and demonstrate its largest unmanned undersea vehicle, the 51-foot Echo Voyager.

Braid Theory incubator at AltaSea brings together entrepreneurs, industry influencers and corporate partners to accelerate adoption of transformative technology, drive market grown and create profitable collaborations for maritime-related businesses.

Carlsbad Aquafarm is Southern California’s only shellfish farm growing Pacific oysters and Mediterranean mussels and since 1990. They are committed to pursuing a balance between producing seafood of unsurpassed quality and conserving our ocean’s resources.

They are involved with restoring coastal habitats by working with environmental groups to establish “living shorelines” consisting of oyster reefs and Eelgrass that remove excess algae from bays and estuaries while providing vital habitats for fish and seabirds.

ENVIRONMENTAL MARITIME SERVICES

They share their passion for the maritime industry by training and auditing for safety and compliance.

Flying Lion provides an on-demand rapid aerial assessment and imaging services to Law Enforcement and Emergency Service Departments with remotely operated copters with built-in high definition and infrared cameras.

Holdfast Aquaculture produces high quality seed for sustainable seafood growers (bivalves and seaweed) and is one of the first companies to offer local California varieties.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has selected the AltaSea campus as a Robotics Waterside Test Site to conduct research and technology development.

MARITIME AND ENVIRONMENTAL TRAINING TRUST

The METT Program: In order to meet the new maritime industry demands and standards, it is vital to have a fully developed training program for all levels of endorsements, ratings and licenses in the maritime and environmental industries.

Montauk is focused on creating disruptive companies targeting ocean sustainability and climate change by leveraging technology and intellectual property assets. Montauk will be operating the La Kretz Blue Economy Innovation Center at AltaSea.

Pacific6 is a Long Beach-based partnership of six founders, committed to identifying, investing, and being intimately involved in inspiring and important ventures that can positively impact people and the communities in which they live.

The Ocean Opportunity Lab (TOOL) is the world’s first floating lab for entrepreneurs and change agents across ocean industries, sustainable solutions & tech.

TransparentSea is a start-up company with the goal of sustainably producing shrimp and algae for commercial sale.

Science

The mission at the Center for the Blue Economy is to promote a sustainable, resilient ocean and coastal economy (the “Blue Economy”) through leadership in research, analysis, and education.

Continuing Walter Munk’s Legacy of daring exploration and discovery through scientific research, education and ocean conservation.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego works to understand and protect the planet and find solutions to our most pressing environmental challenges.

Southern California Marine Institute (SCMI) is a strategic alliance of 23 major universities, colleges and foundations that provides marine expertise and hands-on experience to students, monitoring the marine environment and increasing public awareness. SCMI scientists conduct groundbreaking ocean-related research and discover solutions to environmental problems.

The National Geographic Sea Lion vessel has docked at AltaSea. The Sea Lion is an expedition ship that plies the open water from Alaska to Panama.

Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS) works interactively with local, state and federal agencies, resource managers, industry, policy-makers, educators, scientists and the public to provide data, models and products that advance understanding of the current and future state of the coastal and global environment.

Education

AltaSea has designated a mobile building in Warehouse 58 as the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor’s classroom for blue technology and aquaculture workshops.

AltaSea and Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (CMA) partner on a number of projects, most recently, a workshop series emphasizing sustainable aquaculture. Lesson plans are created and taught by CMA educators.

California State University, Northridge is a vibrant, diverse university community of 38,310 students and more than 4,000 faculty and staff, sited on a 356-acre campus in the heart of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley.

ExpandLA

AltaSea is a member of ExpandLA, a coalition of 26 Los Angeles based STEM organizations teaching core science during school and offering enrichment courses afterschool to the Los Angeles Unified School District

Junior Achievement of Southern California (JA SoCal) reaches over 70,000 students annually, bringing programs that foster financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness skills. AltaSea has partnered with JA SoCal to bring an in-school curriculum, taught by educators and established mentors working in blue economy fields.

The Los Angeles Unified School District is the largest public school system in California and the 2nd largest public school district in the United States.

Ocean Exploration Trust (OET), founded by Dr. Robert Ballard, engages in ocean scientific exploration of the seafloor with many expeditions launched from E/V Nautilus, a 64-meter research vessel docked at AltaSea. OET offers educators and students access to its ocean exploration and research projects.

Oregon State University’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) is renowned for excellence in basic and applied research on Earth systems. Their mission is to pursue knowledge of the Earth system, to apply this knowledge to build a more resilient future, to integrate research with academic programs, and to create global citizens and scholars.

RTS is a career and personal development program that provides youth impacted by foster care with the resources, relationships, and opportunities they need to thrive, both personally and professionally.

California’s #1 transfer college for 30 years! Tops in transfers to UC, USC, and LMU.

ScholarMatch makes college possible for underserved youth, from application all the way through college graduation.

Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) is a nonprofit organization that uses hands-on experiences at sea to provide an array of social, educational and leadership development opportunities to middle school and high school students in San Pedro, Wilmington and the greater Los Angeles area.

Infrastructure

PermaCity is a leading solar energy design and installation company that recently completed the world’s most powerful rooftop solar project with more than 50,000 solar panels covering 50 acres of roof space, and generating up to 16.4 megawatts. PermaCity has executed letters of intent to sublease 180,000 square feet of roof space at the AltaSea campus to install solar panels.

The Board of Trustees at AltaSea

Chief Executive Officer

Terry Tamminen

Co-Trustee and COO, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation

Martin H. Blank Jr

Chief Executive Officer at Gafcon, Inc.; Managing Partner of Protea Waterfront Development, LLC

Yehudi “Gaf” Gaffen

Founder/Curator, Flowproject.la and Civicas.net

Cynthia Hirschhorn

General Manager for the Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD)

Carolyn M. Hull

Principal of the Victory Group of Companies

Eric Johnson

AltaSea Board Treasurer, Senior Vice President, Director of Client and Treasury Management, Beneficial State Bank

Monique Johnson

AltaSea Board Chairwoman, Professor of the Practice of Policy and Engineering, University of Southern California

Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Los Angeles Department of Convention and Tourism Development

Doane Liu

Economic Development Director, New Castle County Delaware

Charuni P. Patibanda

Academic Affairs Dean, Santa Monica College

Patricia Galarza Ramos, Ed.D.

Executive Vice President, Continental Development Corporation

Alex Rose

Co-Chair, O’Melveny’s Project Development and Real Estate Practice

Greg Thorpe

Chief Executive Officer

Terry Tamminen

From his youth in Australia to career experiences in Europe, Africa, China and across the United States, Terry has developed expertise in business, farming, education, non-profit, the environment, the arts, and government. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and later Cabinet Secretary, the Chief Policy Advisor to the Governor, where Terry was the architect of many groundbreaking sustainability policies, including California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, the Hydrogen Highway Network, and the Million Solar Roofs initiative. In 2010 Terry cofounded the R20 Regions of Climate Action, a new public-private partnership, bringing together sub national governments; businesses; financial markets; NGOs; and academia to implement measurable, large-scale, low-carbon and climate resilient economic development projects that can simultaneously solve the climate crisis and build a sustainable global economy. He also provides advice through 7th Generation Advisors to Pegasus Capital Advisors, the Green Climate Fund and numerous global businesses on sustainability and “green” investing, as well as assisting governments and philanthropists with climate solutions, including Fiji, India, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. An accomplished author, Terry’s books include “Cracking the Carbon Code: The Keys to Sustainable Profits in the New Economy” (Palgrave Macmillan). In 2011, Terry was one of six finalists for the Zayed Future Energy Prize and The Guardian ranked Terry No. 1 in its “Top 50 People Who Can Save the Planet.”

Co-Trustee and COO, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation

Martin H. Blank Jr

Martin H. Blank, Jr. is an attorney specializing in all aspects of real estate law, including financing, leasing, purchasing, selling and the formation and management of corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and other entities. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association as well as the State Bar of California. Mr. Blank serves as a Co-Trustee and COO of The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation. Headquartered in Century City, CA, the foundation which makes grants in the areas of education, health care, cultural programs, Jewish organizations and the support of a variety of causes in Israel. He is also a trustee of the Gilbert Collection Trust, which is responsible for ownership and management of an art collection now located at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England, and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He is also on the advisory board of the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

Chief Executive Officer at Gafcon, Inc.; Managing Partner of Protea Waterfront Development, LLC

Yehudi “Gaf” Gaffen

Yehudi “Gaf” Gaffen has more than 40 years of construction and program management experience and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He immigrated to San Diego in 1979 to work in construction and real estate development. In 1987, he and his wife founded Gafcon, Inc. with the purpose of assisting owners to deliver complex projects that power vibrant communities. Under his leadership as CEO, it has grown into a globally respected program and construction management consulting firm. It has been responsible for the success of hundreds of projects including high profile projects such as: The City of San Diego North Embarcadero Visionary Plan; the Port of Los Angeles Waterfront and Promenade; the recent redevelopment of the Los Angeles Forum; multiple large projects on the UCLA campus as well as over $45 billion in K-14 education bond programs throughout California.

In 2016, after a heavily competed international competition the Port of San Diego awarded Protea Waterfront Development an exclusive agreement for a $1.2B redevelopment of 70 acres of the San Diego Waterfront known as the Central Embacadero.  As the active Managing Partner, Gaf will steward the project to its successful completion by providing leadership and direction for the strategy and execution with Gafcon, Inc. providing program management services.  To be completed over the next decade, Seaport San Diego will be an interactive, diverse new downtown district offering recreational, commercial, cultural and educational attractions with vital, ongoing programs and activities while incorporating the rich aquatic heritage of the region.

Gaf currently serves on the boards of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, the Downtown San Diego Partnership and Hazon. He has previously served on the boards of Foundation for Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges, Meridian Residential Association and Wende Museum Advisory Group, San Diego Taxpayers Association, San Diego Hebrew Homes, San Diego Jewish Federation, Explorer Charter School, New Americans Immigration Museum and Learning Center, and the UCSD Cancer Center.

Founder/Curator, Flowproject.la and Civicas.net

Cynthia Hirschhorn

Cynthia Hirschhorn is an environmental designer, and advocate for healthy civic life, who believes in aligning missions to amplify resources for more impact at the civic scale. Cynthia founded Unycyn Civic Arts, a non-profit dedicated to connecting visions that create more harmonious civic environments.

Cynthia is proud to serve on the boards of AltaSea, River LA, and UCLA’s Luskin Center for Innovation, to which she brings her passions for water resiliency, public art, community gardens, economic opportunity and environmental equity. She founded flowproject.la, a resource site promoting civic arts and water resiliency, civicas.net, a women’s civic leadership network, and CivicASK, a platform connecting civic needs with community resources.

A native of Los Angeles, Cynthia earned a BA in Cultural History and a Masters in Architecture from UCLA. She and her husband Charles have three adult children, live in Pacific Palisades and love to travel.

General Manager for the Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD)

Carolyn M. Hull

Carolyn M. Hull was confirmed as the new General Manager for the Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) by the City Council on January 29, 2020. Hull was nominated for the position by Mayor Eric Garcetti on December 30, 2019.

Hull was most recently the Vice President of Strategic initiatives and Industry Cluster Development at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), where she oversaw strategies and programs to promote job creation, business investment, and workforce development initiatives to strengthen the alignment of LA County’s workforce and education systems with industry needs.

Prior to joining LAEDC, Hull was the South Los Angeles Regional Administrator for the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) where she managed all redevelopment programs, activities and staff for South Los Angeles. During her tenure at CRA/LA, Hull was the CRA/LA’s Manager of Capital Finance. In this capacity, she analyzed project-financing plans, and developed financing structures to optimize the utilization of public and private resources for all of CRA/LA’s priority projects. At the same time, Hull served as the co-founder and President of the Los Angeles Development Fund (LADF). Under her leadership, LADF received and managed a $75 million New Markets Tax Credit Allocation. In addition, she managed CRA/LA’s $700 million portfolio of conduit bonds.

Prior to joining CRA/LA, Hull served as a Director at CB Richard Ellis Consulting (CBRE Consulting), based in Los Angeles. At CBRE Consulting she provided consulting services for a wide range of real estate development projects for corporate, institutional, nonprofit, and governmental clients in key service areas all over the United States, including economic development and redevelopment, development feasibility analysis, highest and best use studies, fiscal and economic impact analysis, policy analysis, transit-oriented development, and corporate location strategy.

Hull holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Master of Science degree in Economics and Urban Planning from the London School of Economics, in addition to a Certificate in Real Estate Finance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Principal of the Victory Group of Companies

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson is a principal of the Victory Group of Companies, headquartered in San Pedro California.  Mr. Johnson’s current positions include president of Jerico Development, Inc. and Victex, Inc. real estate development companies with operations in California, Colorado, and North Carolina.  Jerico Development in partnership with the Ratkovich Company is currently developing the 42-acre waterfront West Harbor retail, dining, and entertainment complex, adjacent to AltaSea in the Port of Los Angeles.  Mr. Johnson is also the CEO of Crail Capital LLC a venture capital investment, financial services, and family office accounting firm.

Mr. Johnson has been active in the Los Angeles philanthropic community for over 30 years as the founding board chairman of the Crail Johnson Foundation, his family’s foundation serving underprivileged youth in urban Los Angeles since 1988.  The Crail Johnson Foundation supports local nonprofit programs in education, social services, and family self-help.  Mr. Johnson’s personal interests are focused on enhancing K-12 public school opportunities in at risk communities, expanding STEM education broadly and ocean science in particular.  Mr. Johnson served for over two decades as a member of the Accelerated School board of trustees, with 10 years as board president.  The Accelerated Schools is a charter management organization comprised of three public charter schools serving 2,500 students (in grades Pre-K – 12) in South Central Los Angeles. Mr. Johnson is also the chairman of the board of directors of The Los Angeles Maritime Institute. Founded in 1992, the mission of the Los Angeles Maritime Institute is to provide urban youth with real-life challenges that develop knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to live healthy, productive lives, through its Topsail Youth Program. The Institute is a public-private partnership with the Port of Los Angeles, the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and private funders.

Mr. Johnson’s educational and professional background is in the earth sciences and engineering, receiving undergraduate degrees in geology and chemistry from the University of Colorado. Mr. Johnson’s personal interests include experiencing the outdoors with family and friends, primarily in alpine, desert, and ocean environments. Mr. Johnson has extensive hiking, climbing, and blue water sailing experience and holds a 100-ton Master Mariner license from the USCG.

AltaSea Board Treasurer, Senior Vice President, Director of Client and Treasury Management, Beneficial State Bank

Monique Johnson

Monique Johnson, an executive banker in the industry for close to 35 years, is Beneficial State Bank’s Senior Vice President, Director of Client and Community Partnerships in addition to the Bank’s CRA Officer.  Ms. Johnson was initially hired as the Head of Retail Banking in California in 2016.

Monique has been on executive management teams for the past 20 years. Before joining Beneficial State Bank, her previous position was Chief Operating Officer of SunPac, LLC, a banking investment vehicle with the strategy of starting up a new bank in Los Angeles.  Prior to that role, Monique was Director of Relationship Management and Marketing in addition to serving as CRA Officer and Co-Chair of the enterprise-wide company giving program at Wedbush Bank in Los Angeles, California.  Her extensive background includes working in every type of banking department from de novo banks to those with $15 billion in assets including the former Imperial Bank.  Ms. Johnson has been an anchor in Southern California over the past 27 years with private, community and commercial banks overseeing regional banking offices while instrumental in managing the entire sales and client relationships in addition to all marketing and branding initiatives, operational processes and efficiencies, high touch service, technological advances within systems and products, positive compliance and training cultures, facility management and community, corporate and investor relations.

Ms. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance with a specialization in commercial loan management from Iowa State University.  She is a board trustee, treasurer and secretary at AltaSea, an organization bringing together leaders in science, business and education to generate innovative solutions to global challenges of human and environmental sustainability. From feeding the earth’s growing population to providing long-term employment and ocean-related careers, AltaSea is a unique model at the Port of Los Angeles. She is also an advocate, board member and the current education committee chair of Junior Achievement of Southern California reaching from Bakersfield to Orange County.  Junior Achievement’s mission is to empower young people to own their economic success and stay in school through financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness programs. She was a founding committee member and remains active in Community Resource Exchange (CREX) which develops introductions and new initiatives between CRA-qualified, community-based organizations and banks in the Greater Los Angeles area.   In 2015, she was honored by the California “got milk” Foundation with the Better Future Moms – Los Angeles award for her role as a professional, community advocate and mother.  She has been involved in other community organizations over the past few decades including Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation and Culver City Chamber of Commerce.

Monique lives in Hermosa Beach, California, with husband and two daughters who are focused on global environmental sustainability and green commercial architecture.

About Beneficial State Bank:

Beneficial State Bank’s mission is to build prosperity in our communities through beneficial banking services delivered in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner.  Beneficial State Bank grew from the vision of Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor and the team they formed to create a triple bottom-line (planet and people before profit) bank and a supportive nonprofit foundation of the same name. In 2007, that vision was realized when OneCalifornia Bank and OneCalifornia Foundation opened in Oakland. Fashioned in the image of the great socially responsible banks and credit unions of national and international fame, the Bank is mandated to produce meaningful social justice and environmental benefits at the same time that it is financially sustainable. The Foundation owns a majority of the economic rights of the Bank — when profits of the Bank are distributed, they can only be distributed to the Foundation which is mandated to reinvest those proceeds back into the communities and the environment on which we all depend. In our theory and experience, this ownership model aligns our incentives with the triple bottom line and the values of our bank customers.  Today, Beneficial is in 7 locations within California, Oregon and Washington, an FDIC-insured commercial bank, a “Best for the World since 2013” Certified B Corporation, a Community Development Financial Institution, a member of Global Alliance for Banking on Values in addition to Just and supports 150% of living wage in all markets.

 

 

AltaSea Board Chairwoman, Professor of the Practice of Policy and Engineering, University of Southern California

Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D.

Geraldine Knatz is Professor of the Practice of Policy and Engineering, a joint appointment between the University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy and the Viterbi School of Engineering. She previously served as the executive director of the Port of Los Angeles from 2006 to January 2014. She was the first woman to serve in this role and made a significant impact through the creation and implementation of the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan, an aggressive plan that reduced air emissions by combined port operations of over 70% within five years. Prior to that, she was managing director of the Port of Long Beach.  She is past president of the American Association of Port Authorities and past president of the International Association of Ports and Harbors. She served for 10 years (2007-2017) on California’s Ocean Protection Council from 2007 to 2017, first appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and reappointed by Governor Brown.  In 2014, she was named a member of the National Academy of Engineering in recognition of her international leadership in the engineering and development of environmentally clean urban seaports.

Knatz is currently a member of the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Marine Board, a member of the advisory council for the Center for the Blue Economy at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and a senior advisor to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Port Network.   Knatz is currently the vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees of Altasea, a 30 acre campus located within the Port of Los Angeles devoted to marine and maritime research, education and business entrepreneurialism.

Knatz has authored numerous publications as well as two award-winning books on the Port of Los Angeles.   Her most recent book is a political history of the Port of Los Angeles, co-published by the Huntington Library’s Institute for California and the West and Angel City Press, titled, Port of Los Angeles, Conflict, Commerce and the Fight for Control.  She co-authored Terminal Island, Los Communities of Los Angeles Harbor. Knatz’s career has been featured in several popular books, most notably in Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Edward Humes’s Door to Door and David Helvarg’s The Golden Shore.

Executive Director, Los Angeles Department of Convention and Tourism Development

Doane Liu

In March 2017, Doane Liu was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Department of Convention and Tourism Development (CTD), with the goal to further enhance and increase Los Angeles’ prominence and attraction as a world class tourist and convention destination.

Liu joined the CTD after serving as Deputy Executive Director and Chief of Staff at the Port of Los Angeles, where he was the second in command at the busiest container port in North America and head of the Port’s External Affairs Bureau.

Before the Port, Liu was Deputy Mayor for the City of Los Angeles. He managed the
Mayor’s Office of City Services and helped the Mayor oversee 15 City Departments, including the Los Angeles Department Water and Power, Public Works, Transportation, Recreation and Parks, Public Library, and LA Zoo. He also established the Great Streets Studio and LA RiverWorks in the Mayor’s Office. A first-generation Korean-American, Liu also was a liaison in the Mayor’s Office to the Korean-American community in Los Angeles.

Liu was previously Chief of Staff for Councilman Joe Buscaino and served as Chief of
Staff for Councilwoman Janice Hahn, Deputy Mayor for Mayor James K. Hahn and District Director for Congresswoman Jane Harman. He was also Senior Vice President of Government Banking at JP Morgan Chase and Vice President in the Real Estate Industries Group at Security Pacific National Bank.

Liu currently serves on the boards of the Los Angeles Fleet Week Foundation and Sister
Cities of Los Angeles. He has previously served on the boards of LA County Business
Federation, Harbor Interfaith Shelter, Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Mary Star of the Sea High School, and Holy Trinity School.

Liu graduated from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and received an MBA from University of Southern California. He and his wife have four grown children and have lived in San Pedro for over 30 years.

Economic Development Director, New Castle County Delaware

Charuni P. Patibanda

Charuni Patibanda is the Economic Development Director for New Castle County Delaware. Prior to that, she served as pro bono general counsel to AltaSea where she worked on the development and permitting of Project 1a in Phase 1.

Charuni was previously the President of the The McOsker Group, a government affairs consulting firm and served as an associate attorney at Glaser Weil LLP and the Sheppard Mullin law firm. She also served as a fellow for United States Senator Christopher A. Coons (Del.), focusing on issues for the Judiciary and Budget Committees.

She holds a J.D. from Emory University School of Law, and a B.A./M.A. in Economics from the University of Southern California.

Academic Affairs Dean, Santa Monica College

Patricia Galarza Ramos, Ed.D.

Dr. Patricia Ramos holds the position of Academic Affairs Dean at Santa Monica College (SMC) one of the nation’s premier community colleges, serving nearly 30,000 students annually. As the administrative leader in Academic Affairs over Career Education, she assists the College by developing partnerships with business & industry, labor, NGO’s, and other educational institutions, to align SMC’s career technical education programs to the current and projected workforce needs of the Los Angeles region and the State of California. Her civic engagement spans over two decades. Dr. Ramos has served as an appointed official as a member of the Woman’s Commission and the L.A. County Workforce Development Board. She is the Dean at the SMC’s Center for Media & Design (CMD) located in the heart of “Silicon Beach.” The CMD prepares students for careers in media, design, and technology fields such as entertainment technology, graphic design, interior architectural design, film production, broadcasting, journalism, and the only community college bachelor degree program in interaction design (IxD). She serves on educational and workforce committees at local, state, and national levels. Dr. Ramos holds a doctorate from the University of Southern California.

Executive Vice President, Continental Development Corporation

Alex Rose

Alex J. Rose serves as Executive Vice President for Continental Development Corporation in El Segundo, California.  He is responsible for leading all development, acquisition, disposition and redevelopment activities for the suburban office/medical/R&D park developer, whose holdings cover nearly 5 million square feet in Southern California’s Los Angeles County South Bay and City of San Francisco markets.

Over the past thirty two years, Rose has overseen the development and acquisition of over 4 million square feet of Class A office, medical, recreation and retail space and the redevelopment of over 3 million square feet of single-tenant R&D facilities into multi-tenant general and medical office space, restaurants, retail, entertainment and education uses, collectively totaling several hundred projects and nearly $3 billion in real estate development activity.  Previous company responsibilities have also included planning and execution of all tenant improvement, core and shell renovation and new construction work; major facilities maintenance and upgrades; project budgeting and cost controls; internal project management; architect, engineer and contractor management; asset and property management.  Rose also has extensive experience in title insurance and is a licensed California attorney, with experience in general civil and bankruptcy litigation practices.

He is an Urban Land Institute Trustee and Foundation Governor, has served as Chair of ULI’s Los Angeles District Council Executive Committee, Chair of ULI’s Commercial and Retail Development Council and numerous other national and local leadership positions. Rose has chaired and served on over 40 national and local ULI Advisory Service assignments focusing on downtown and transit corridor redevelopment, revitalization and strategies as well as office and mixed use development issues.

Rose serves on the Board of Trustees of the California Science Center Foundation, the Board of Trustees of AltaSea, a public-private venture developing a marine industry, science and education campus at the Port of Los Angeles, the Board of Advisors of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, the Advisory Board of The Bay Club, a multi-campus, premier active lifestyle and hospitality company, the Board of Business Advisors of Tideline Partners, a San Diego-based small scale, infill development firm, the Board of Directors of the El Segundo Economic Development Corporation and in various other leadership positions in numerous other non-profit, civic, community and academic organizations.   Rose regularly mentors numerous students and young professionals through formal mentoring programs organized through ULI as well as UCLA and USC undergraduate/graduate programs in business and real estate.

Rose received his BA, Political Science from UCLA, his JD from Southwestern University School of Law and MBA from the University of Southern California.

Co-Chair, O’Melveny’s Project Development and Real Estate Practice

Greg Thorpe

Greg represents developers, tenants, and lenders in the acquisition, development and financing of office buildings, hotels, casinos, retail and entertainment centers, mixed use facilities, master-planned communities and other facilities. He also has assisted developers of real estate projects in creating the leasing, financing and operating structure for a variety of real estate developments.

He graduated: Loyola Marymount University, J.D., 1982: cum laude; Chief Articles Editor, Loyola Law Review (1981-82); Alpha Sigma Nu; University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., 1977: cum laude.

Ambassadors

President, Westrec Marina Management, Inc.

William W. Anderson

Co-Founder, CRAFTED

Wayne Blank

Co-CEO, Gensler

Andy Cohen

CEO, HDX MIX

Vipe Desai

CEO and Founding Partner, Redbird

Susan Gates

Professor of Organismic and evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Peter R. Girguis

Roberta Marinelli, Ph.D.

Chairman/President, The Albright

Greg Morena

Author, speaker, surfer, and environmental activist

Eric Noel Muñoz

Former Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Social Responsibility Sony Pictures Entertainment

Janice Pober

President and CEO of Harbor Real Estate Group

Gregory F. Schem

Professor, Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, University of California, Los Angeles

Peter Sellars, Ph.D.

Joel Sill

President & CEO, The ADEPT Group, Inc.

Alex Spataru

Chief Ocean Scientist / Director, DEEPGREEN

Dr. Greg Stone

President, Westrec Marina Management, Inc.

William W. Anderson

Mr. Anderson is the President of Westrec Marinas, one of the nation’s largest owner and operator of waterfront marinas that encompasses a $300M real estate portfolio with over 12,000 boat slips.

Mr. Anderson previously worked for the U.S. Department of the Interior developing urban waterfront areas throughout the United States, most notably The Golden Gate and The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Areas.  He supervised the recreational development of the San Francisco Waterfront and managed the initial reconstruction of the historic ships at Fisherman’s Wharf Hyde Street Pier.  He has an extensive background in governmental relations, having testified before the United States Congress as well as numerous state and governmental agencies.  Mr. Anderson spent five years in the hospitality and tourism industry as Vice President of the Malibu Conference Center.  Mr. Anderson served for five years as the President of the Association of Marine Industries and is a past board member of The Grand Canyon National Park Foundation.

Mr. Anderson served for six years on California’s Marine Life Protection Act Blue Ribbon Task Force.  During this period the task force met with over 4,000 members of the public and received over 20,000 written comments regarding the preservation and use of California’s marine eco systems.  He worked closely with California’s Marine Science Advisory Team and numerous conservation and stakeholder groups in developing 124 marine protected areas, (878 square miles), encompassing  over 16% of California’s coastal waters.   For his work in helping to create a network of marine protected areas, he received the annual Poseidon Award from the California Reef Check Foundation.  Mr. Anderson is a nationally recognized speaker on recreation management and development issues and is a graduate of Penn State University.

Co-Founder, CRAFTED

Wayne Blank

Wayne Blank co-founded CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, a marketplace where local artisans sell one-of-a-kind creations. The classically restored 1940’s-era Warehouse No 10 is home to more than 100 individual artists, crafters and food makers, each presenting their unique handcrafted goods in a vibrant patchwork of shop spaces. The marketplace hosts daily demonstrations and make-and-takes/DIYs, as well as live music, special events and food from food trucks. CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles recently welcomed craft brewer BROUWERIJ WEST to the marketplace in newly renovated Warehouse No 9; reinventing the western half of the old warehouse as a 15,000-barrel regional brewery complete with tours and tastings.

Blank also co-founded Bergamont Station with Shoshana Blank in September 1994. They had the vision to convert dilapidated industrial structures into a vibrant arts center—a concept that ultimately revived the art scene in Los Angeles following the 1994 LA Riots and earthquake—two historical events that deeply affected LA’s social culture.  The success of the arts center was always driven by its inclusivity and its core mission of being a cultural stop free and open to all. It has been home to renowned art galleries, architects, and creative businesses.

Co-CEO, Gensler

Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen, FAIA is one of two Gensler Co-CEOs, whose collaborative leadership model sets itself apart in the marketplace as the #1 ranked global design firm, with $1.2 billion in revenue in 2016. For his innovative leadership, he and Co-CEO Diane Hoskins rank on Business Insider’s elite “Creators” list, a who’s who of the world’s 100 top creative visionaries. A hands-on leader, Andy oversees Gensler’s global platform and its day-to-day operations, some 5,500+ people networked across 47 offices, serving clients in 120+ countries.

A champion of design, resiliency and sustainability, Andy is Chair of Gensler’s Board of Directors, spearheading design excellence strategies across Gensler’s 31 diverse practice areas. Andy has been a speaker at many premier industry conferences, including the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Milken Institute Global Conference, Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) and TEDx. Andy is an active Board Member of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics and the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. In his role as Co-CEO, Andy is one of the key contributors to what is acknowledged, by its peers, to be the most admired and largest architecture firm in the world, pioneering project types and design innovation strategies for the next century.

CEO, HDX MIX

Vipe Desai

Vipe is the founder and CEO of HDX Mix, an environmentally friendly sports drink mix. In addition to being a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist, he has applied his more than 3 decades of experience in launching disruptive brands, brand building and cause-marketing strategies for both for-profit and non-profits. Currently Vipe is serving as a Board Member for Ocean Champions, Lonely Whale Foundation and RichUncles.com, an SEC reporting company managing more than $300 million in assets.

In the early 90’s, Vipe created the H2O Winter Classic, a two-day surf and snowboard competition with a concert which went on to inspire the Vans Warped Tour and the X Games. In the late 90’s, he helped launch Red Bull in the U.S. Vipe has been called upon by numerous brands, CEO’s and even political campaigns to advise on branding, marketing and turn-around strategies which also included creating a campaign for Partnership for a Healthier America chaired by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Today, Vipe’s focus is on ensuring that future generations are met with a healthy and thriving ocean. He’s involved with several ventures focused around innovations and solutions that will reduce plastic waste and minimize impact on the planet.

As a way to help entrepreneurs, he launched the Army of Gamechangers podcast where he interviews executives who share their best career and leadership advice.

Keep up with his projects and ventures at vipedesai.com

CEO and Founding Partner, Redbird

Susan Gates

As CEO and founding partner of Redbird, Susan plays a key role guiding the company’s vision and values while overseeing the Strategic and Creative output of the agency. She works together with her business partner, Amy Rappeport, to the proper care and feeding of all Redbirds and their clients. She gets to know each client well, and works to ensure, ongoing, that our creative work fuels each brand’s business growth in the best possible ways.

Susan has deep cross-discipline expertise on the editorial, marketing and financial sides of the media business. After working in New York at New York magazine, Newsweek and Smithsonian, she moved to Los Angeles, where she was founding publisher of Buzz, the award-winning monthly magazine. She has played primary roles in launching and repositioning numerous media brands including Traveler, Spy and Yoga Journal, and has provided strategic expertise to Harvard Business School Publishing, National Geographic, The New York Times and American Media Inc. Susan is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Colorado and holds an MS in journalism from Columbia University in New York.

Professor of Organismic and evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Peter R. Girguis

Peter Girguis is a Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. His lab research focuses on microbes that flourish in so-called “extreme environments”. His research is highly interdisciplinary, as he also builds novel instruments and samplers for use on HOVs, ROVs, and AUVs –such as underwater mass spectrometers and microbial samplers- for use in the deep sea.

Prof. Girguis received his B.Sc. from U.C.L.A. and his Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Barbara, where he worked with Dr. James Childress on the physiology of deep-sea hydrothermal vent tubeworms. He did postdoctoral research at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute before going to Harvard University.

Prof. Girguis’ honors include 5 consecutive commendations for distinguished teaching, the 2007 and 2011 Lindbergh Foundation Award for Science & Sustainability, and Discover Magazine’s “10 Everyday Technologies That Can Change the World”. He was a Distinguished Lecturer for the National Science Foundation, a Merck Co. Innovative Research Awardee, and a Department of Energy E.C.-U.S. Biotechnology Fellowship recipient. Girguis has authored or co-authored over 85 publications in journals such as Nature, Science, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Proceedings of the Royal Society. Girguis served as chair of the National Deep Submergence Science Committee (DeSSC) from 2010-2016, and is now on several notable ocean advisory boards.

Roberta Marinelli, Ph.D.

Roberta Marinelli is Dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. As dean she leads one of the strongest Earth sciences programs in the nation, with nationally recognized teaching and research expertise in oceanography, atmospheric sciences, geology, geography, and coastal studies.

Previously, Marinelli served as executive director of the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California, a post she held since 2011. There, she played a leadership role in planning and implementing an expansion of academic and research programs in environmental studies at USC’s University Park Campus, and directed the Philip K. Wrigley Marine Science Center on Santa Catalina Island. Marinelli also oversaw the George and Mary Lou Boone Center for Science and Environmental Leadership, a nexus where scientists and policy makers can meet to resolve environmental challenges.

Prior to her arrival at USC, Marinelli was the Director of the Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems Program in the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Sciences section, where she helped to lead the development of collaborative, interdisciplinary programs across the Foundation, including the International Polar Year, Climate Research Investments, and SEES (Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability). She was a tenured associate professor on the faculty at the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science, and an assistant professor at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography.

Marinelli received her master’s and doctoral degrees in marine science from the University of South Carolina, and her bachelor’s degree from Brown University. She is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, and The Oceanography Society.

Chairman/President, The Albright

Greg Morena

Growing up in Santa Monica, Greg Morena, was immersed in the boom of the California skate and surf culture, a culture that sparked his creativity and inspired his entrepreneurial spirit. While in college, Greg took this passion and drive to create his first business, Synergy Consulting, a company dedicated to managing entrepreneurial businesses and brands. He later added an accounting arm to his business, Synergy KMC, which offers accounting support for his diverse roster of clients. Both of these companies are still thriving today.

In addition to his work at Synergy, Greg has held positions at various successful companies including COO for Undefeated, a worldwide fashion brand and retail chain, CFO for The Hundreds, an international fashion brand and retail chain, and CRO for the Bleach Group, a holding of Breakwater Investments, LLP. These positions have lead Greg to cultivate invaluable experiences and relationships that benefit his growing restaurant group today.

Greg Morena and his team at The Albright have been trailblazers in their sustainability and greening efforts. Recognized as the first sustainable business on the Pier and awarded the 2017 SQA Grand Prize award and the 2016 SQA Stewardship of the Natural Environment Award, The Albright faithfully follows the triple bottom line framework and aims to help create a green movement across all businesses on the Pier. They believe that running sustainable businesses, that also support other local businesses and vendors, will engender a sense of respect from the Santa Monica community and also help to integrate the Pier as a member of the community, rather than a location where millions of tourists flock to each summer.

Greg is Southern California native, small business owner, husband and father of two, with a focus on establishing effective communication with residents, preserving the legacy of local communities, and contributing smart growth and economic development to build a better tomorrow.

Today Greg sits on the following Boards and Commissions:

  • Audit Commissioner for the City of Santa Monica
  • Transit Management Board Member
  • SM Pier Leasee Board Membe
  • Chamber Board Member and Education Committee Organizer
  • Treasurer and Board Member of the San Pedro Property Business Improvement   District

● AltaSea Ambassador

Author, speaker, surfer, and environmental activist

Eric Noel Muñoz

Eric is a San Pedro native who has used wave and cultural experiences to explore the world. Holding a degree in Physical Geography from San Diego State University, a career in public sector land use planning for coastal Southern California cities (city of Del Mar, 2 years and city of Carlsbad, 18 years) was followed by another 15+ years (and counting) career as a coastal land use consultant. Experience includes project management, authored city codes, community engagement, secured entitlements for various land use projects, and served as a staff extension planning consultant for the Port of San Diego managing projects on public trust tidelands associated with the five waterfront cities along San Diego Bay: National City, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, Coronado, and San Diego.

As a Carlsbad staff planner, Eric had the role of city liaison to a multi-agency task force that eliminated an invasive aquarium strain of a seaweed from a Carlsbad lagoon that threatened the California coastline. The eradication of Caulerpa taxifolia was the subject of a 3-minute animated video he wrote, directed, and narrated as a TED Educator (Attack of the Killer Algae). Eric went on to author a book on this rare victory over a marine invasive species (Caulerpa Conquest, A Biological Eradication on the California Coast). Public speaking on coastal issues included venues throughout California for audiences ranging from elementary schools to professional planners, environmental groups, and military officers.

Other speaking venues included:
• university and government agency entities in Hawaii
• a national coastal environmental conference in Washington DC
• the Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography in Marseille, France
• the first joint conference of Australian and New Zealand city planners in Wellington, New Zealand

Community roles included:
• two-time president, volunteer of the year, and board member of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation in Carlsbad
• served on the board of directors for 8 years with the California Shore and Beach Preservation Association promoting coastal legislation, and climate change-based shoreline resilience policy development for cities, counties and ports statewide

Current community roles include:
• member of the Conservation Committee with Wildcoast which advances coastal conservation efforts in Baja California, southern California, Mexico, Costa Rica and Cuba
• vice-president of the California Surf Museum based in Oceanside, California

Eric has authored a children’s book (Peli Can Surf), and enjoys freelance writing assignments, community outreach, land use challenges, and coastal environmental pursuits. He is also a co-founder of the Palm Springs Surf Club which will combine technology with surf culture to help define the non-ocean future of wave riding.

Eric looks forward to advancing the AltaSea mission, and to add value to innovative efforts to promote sustainable ocean stewardship from our local waters to coastal realms worldwide.

Former Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Social Responsibility Sony Pictures Entertainment

Janice Pober

Janice Pober, former Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Social Responsibility for Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), oversees the studio’s strategic philanthropic efforts, cultural participation and community outreach activities.

In her more than 30 years at SPE, Pober has played an integral role in the development and maturation of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program. Under her leadership, SPE has concentrated its efforts on four key areas – arts, education, diversity and inclusion, and the environment.\

Pober has also focused on driving employee engagement, volunteerism and giving.  She developed SPE’s employee-run volunteer program, instituted a corporate matching gift program, and created the company’s Celebrations of Arts and Culture employee outreach series.

Through her efforts within the studio and outside of the company, Pober has increased the company’s reputation for philanthropy and strengthened its role as a CSR leader in the entertainment industry.

Pober began her entertainment industry career as Executive Assistant to Steven Spielberg at Amblin Entertainment. In 1984, she joined Columbia Pictures Entertainment. After roles in marketing and talent relations, Pober was named Executive Director of Corporate Relations in 1991. She assumed her current role in July 2002.

Pober is a Trustee of the California State Summer School for the Arts. Additionally, she serves on the Boards of the Craft & Folk Art Museum and Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network, the Executive Committee for the Los Angeles County Regional Blueprint for Arts Education; the California Institute of the Arts, Community Arts Partnership Council; as well as the advisory boards for the Culver City High School’s Academy of Visual and Performing Arts and Culver City’s District Community Arts Team. She is also a member of Grantmakers in the Arts and Los Angeles Arts Funders.

President and CEO of Harbor Real Estate Group

Gregory F. Schem

Currently President and CEO of Harbor Real Estate Group, specializing in the acquisition, development and management of waterfront real estate investments including marinas, boat yards, and a fuel dock.  Schem has had a successful career in the national real estate market as an investor, developer and manager, including the urban re-development of loft residential units, hotels, office buildings, shopping centers, and industrial facilities. He was co-founder and President of the Kor Group which went on to create the international Viceroy Hotel chain.

Schem has acquired numerous real estate assets on behalf of private and public pension funds, banking institutions, and private investment groups during his career. He was Acquisitions Director at TCW Realty Advisors and prior to that handled acquisitions for Cal Fed Bank, The Preferred Financial Real Estate Company, and the University Group. He has negotiated complex ground leases, achieved entitlements, and secured regulatory approvals from the California State Lands Commission, County of Los Angeles, City of Los Angeles, California Coastal Commission, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Catalina Island Conservancy and Island Company, among others.  Schem is a licensed California Real Estate broker and a member of Marina Recreation Association (MRA), National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), Association of Marina Industries (AMI), and the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC).

An avid yachtsman and sports fisherman, Schem enjoys fishing, cruising, and SCUBA diving throughout the United States, Canada, Caribbean, Bahamas, and Mexico.  He served for three years as a member of the Blue-Ribbon Task Force for the California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative, served on the Marina del Rey Design Guidelines Task Force in Los Angeles, is currently the Vice President of the Marina del Rey Lessees Association, President of the Channel Island Harbor Lessees Association, and completed the pro bono development of a new 350-foot pier on Catalina Island for the Boy Scouts of America in 2008.  He holds a current U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master Captain license, and is an instrument rated Commercial Pilot.  He is an Assistant Scoutmaster and member of the Executive Board for the West Los Angeles County Council-Boy Scouts of America.

Schem earned his Bachelor of Science degree (BS) in chemistry from the State University of New York and his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Business.  As an undergraduate student, Schem was an intern at the New York Ocean Science Laboratory at Montauk, where he co-published his work in analytical chemistry.  Schem is a member of the Bel Air Bay Club in the Pacific Palisades and an equity member at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo.  He is married for 29 years and has three adult children.

Professor, Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, University of California, Los Angeles

Peter Sellars, Ph.D.

Peter Sellars has gained international renown for his groundbreaking and transformative interpretations of artistic masterpieces and for collaborative projects with an extraordinary range of creative artists. He has staged operas at the Dutch National Opera, the English National Opera, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Opéra national de Paris, among others. He made his Salzburg Festival debut in 1992 with Messiaen’s Saint François d’Assise. Peter Sellars has collaborated on the creation of many works with composer John Adams, including Nixon in ChinaThe Death of KlinghofferEl NiñoDoctor AtomicA Flowering Tree and The Gospel According to the Other Mary. Inspired by the compositions of Kaija Saariaho, he has guided the creation of productions of her work that have expanded the field of modern opera, including the world premiere of her first opera, L’Amour de loin, at the 2000 Salzburg Festival.  Recent projects include the premiere of the latest Adams/Sellars collaboration, Girls of the Golden West, at the San Francisco Opera, a new production of Doctor Atomic at the Santa Fe Opera, and a revival this spring of his staging of Saint John Passion with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.  He will return to the Salzburg Festival this summer to stage Mozart’s Idomeneo. Peter Sellars has led several major arts festivals, including the 1990 and 1993 Los Angeles Festivals and the 2002 Adelaide Festival of Arts. In 2006 he was artistic director of New Crowned Hope, a month-long festival in Vienna for which he invited artists from diverse cultural backgrounds to create new work in the fields of music, theatre, dance, film, the visual arts and architecture for the celebration of the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth.  Sellars served as music director of the 2016 Ojai Music Festival in California.

Peter Sellars is a distinguished professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a resident curator of the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado. He was a mentor for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the Erasmus Prize for contributions to European culture and the Gish Prize. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He has been awarded the prestigious Polar Music Prize and been named Artist of the Year by Musical America.

Joel Sill

I began my career as a music publisher and record producer. My initial involvement with film was as soundtrack producer for “Easy Rider”. In 1980 I became Vice President in charge of music for Paramount Pictures, I oversaw music for the films “Reds, 48 Hours, An Officer and a Gentleman” featuring “Up Where We Belong”, and “Flashdance” highlighting “Flashdance-What a Feeling”, both songs won Academy awards. In 1983 I moved to Warner Bros Inc., as Vice President of music for all filmed entertainment. At Warner’s, I worked on such films as “Blade Runner, The Killing Fields, Purple Rain, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, The Goonies, The Color Purple ” and introduced Madonna to film in “Vision Quest” with the # 1 recording of “Crazy for You”. I then partnered with director Taylor Hackford in the New Visions Music Group, where I supervised music for “Mannequin” which included the # 1 hit “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, next was “La Bamba” which produced the # 1 single and # 1 and 5x multiplatinum soundtrack album by Los Lobos. I then partnered with Chuck Kaye previously Chairman of Warner Chappell Music, to form Windswept Pacific, a Joint Venture with Fuji Sankei Communications. We acquired numerous music catalogues, including Tommy James and The Shondells, Rod Stewart, Willie Nelson, The Four Seasons, Count Basie, The Isley Bros, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Shirells, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Tito Puente, John Cougar Mellencamp and grew Windswept to the 4th largest independent music publisher. During that time I continued my film music production work with “Free Willy, The Fabulous Baker Boys, My Cousin Vinny, The Firm, Twister, Wag the Dog, Forrest Gump 8x multiplatinum, Terminator 3, Contact, Castaway, Bobby and Munich”. Currently I have a joint venture with BMG/Chrysalis publishing where my music ventures continue with Quincy Jones, Larry the Cable Guy-The Blue Collar Comedy Group, Bold Films (“Bobby, Whiplash”) and Summit Entertainment (The Twilight Film series). I have been a consultant for Sony PlayStation, Extreme Music and The Exclusive Media Film Group. With my wife Kim, we produced the Animal Awareness documentary “Saved in America”. Since 1972 I have been a scuba diver, underwater photographer and supporter for the preservation of Oceans. I studied Marine Biology at UCLA. As a published U/W photographer I was represented by Cousteau’s Living Sea Corp. I have assisted National Geographic’s The Pristine Seas team on projects with music for their vital productions. I continue to video, share images and advocate for the World’s Oceans which desperately need our care.

President & CEO, The ADEPT Group, Inc.

Alex Spataru

Mr. Spataru has worked in aerospace, oil & gas, and management consulting in the U.S. and abroad. He served as a U.S. Army Officer from 1969 to 1974. He completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering and business at UCLA. In 1983, he started the ADEPT Group, Inc. (ADEPT), an engineering consulting and green tech transfer firm that provides cost-effective solutions to energy and/or environment challenges. With the ADEPT team, he completed numerous product development and market penetration/acquisition engagements. Mr. Spataru’s forensics engineering skills have been applied in litigation support, in insurance related investigations, and in troubleshooting complex technical challenges.

While at ADEPT – he successfully completed several international technology transfers and commercialized nascent technologies, including instantaneous gas water heaters, LPG & CNG dedicated engines, low-NOx burners, indoor and outdoor air quality sensing systems, emulsified diesel for heavy-duty engines, ocean going vessels performance management systems, and ultrasonic instruments.

Mr. Spataru has completed numerous engagements in the green sector, including geothermal plants, LFG extraction & processing, onshore & offshore wind energy, waste to energy systems, commercial & utility scale solar, and water conserving appliances.

Mr. Spataru is a Certified Gas Engineer. He’s a member of one UL committee, two NFPA committees and one ISO committee. He serves on the Board of the Coalition for Clean Air. He lectures at the UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and at the UCLA School of Engineering & Applied Science, and conducts applied research projects with the Bourns College of Engineering at UC Riverside.

Chief Ocean Scientist / Director, DEEPGREEN

Dr. Greg Stone

Globally celebrated marine scientist Dr. Greg Stone knew the sea was his future from the time he was a boy in Boston. 12,000 dives later, he has explored every ocean top-to-bottom, from tropical reefs to submarine mountains and frozen Antarctic seas. Thousands of hours of research investigation using SCUBA, underwater habitats, deep dives to 18,000 feet in research submarines and seafloor probes with robotic vehicles give him unparalleled knowledge of the ocean and its life.

With outstanding ability to communicate ocean science and natural history Greg has published hundreds of scientific and popular articles, four books, documentaries for Discovery and National Geographic, a TED talk, Davos lecture, and numerous radio and television appearances. His book ‘Ice Island: Expedition to Antarctica’s Largest Iceberg’ won the National Outdoor Book Award.

Greg targets his research and thought leadership toward finding ways for humans to use the oceans sustainably. He is an authority on ocean preserves and architect, in partnership with the government of Kiribati, Conservation International and the New England Aquarium, of the world’s first large open-ocean protected area, the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA). PIPA, now the largest UNESCO World Heritage Site, protects the pristine corals, reef fishes, sharks, manta rays, turtles, tuna stocks and oceandependent human communities in an area more than the size of California (400,000km2).

Greg co-founded the Ocean Health Index, the first global open-science system for measuring how sustainably humans are using the ocean in every country and on the high seas. His most recent book, ‘Soul of the Sea in the Age of Algorithm’ (2017) proposes revolutionary tools and financial models for ocean management as a guide for sustaining human and ocean health into the future.

Honors to Greg include National Geographic Hero, Explorers Club National Fellow, Peter Benchley Award for Ocean Solutions, John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, Pew Fellow for Marine Conservation, Boston Sea Rover’s Diver of the Year, Order of Kiribati Medal, the U.S National Science Foundation/Navy Antarctic Service Medal, and National Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences NOGI award, called by fellow awardee, James Cameron, the ‘Oscar of the Oceans.’

Greg currently serves as Chief Ocean Scientist for Deep Green Resources, where he is responsible for finding sustainable ways to extract metal-rich nodules from the seafloor of the Clipperton Fracture Zone to provide minerals needed for the global transition to renewable energy. He is also co-Founder and Chair of the non-profit Pole to Pole Conservation, which focuses on ocean conservation, Indigenous rights communications, and climate adaptation. His past positions include EVP-Chief Ocean Scientist and chief scientist for Conservation International, one of the largest NGOs in the world; Senior Science Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Oceans; Oceans Council Chair for the World Economic Forum; Senior VP for New England Aquarium; and an Underwater Research Scientist with top secret clearance for the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He speaks Japanese and plays the piano.

AltaSea Leadership

Chief Executive Officer

Terry Tamminen

Chief Financial Officer

Charmian Hauck

Founding Executive Director

Jenny Cornuelle Krusoe

Chief Executive Officer

Terry Tamminen

From his youth in Australia to career experiences in Europe, Africa, China and across the United States, Terry has developed expertise in business, farming, education, non-profit, the environment, the arts, and government. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and later Cabinet Secretary, the Chief Policy Advisor to the Governor, where Terry was the architect of many groundbreaking sustainability policies, including California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, the Hydrogen Highway Network, and the Million Solar Roofs initiative. In 2010 Terry cofounded the R20 Regions of Climate Action, a new public-private partnership, bringing together sub national governments; businesses; financial markets; NGOs; and academia to implement measurable, large-scale, low-carbon and climate resilient economic development projects that can simultaneously solve the climate crisis and build a sustainable global economy. He also provides advice through 7th Generation Advisors to Pegasus Capital Advisors, the Green Climate Fund and numerous global businesses on sustainability and “green” investing, as well as assisting governments and philanthropists with climate solutions, including Fiji, India, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. An accomplished author, Terry’s books include “Cracking the Carbon Code: The Keys to Sustainable Profits in the New Economy” (Palgrave Macmillan). In 2011, Terry was one of six finalists for the Zayed Future Energy Prize and The Guardian ranked Terry No. 1 in its “Top 50 People Who Can Save the Planet.”

Chief Financial Officer

Charmian Hauck

Charmian is a hands-on Chief Financial Officer with more than 20 years of expertise in the non-profit sector. She is a lifelong San Pedro resident, mom of two young adults and two dogs, and is passionate about the ocean and environmental causes.

She began her finance career in public accounting and transitioned to the world of corporate finance where she successfully managed the accounting departments of $5 to $500 million companies across various industries.  Charmian has served as Chief Financial Officer for many prominent Los Angeles area non-profits, becoming known for creating solutions to process inefficiencies, upgrading systems, building strong teams and streamlining accounting functions.

Charmian is a graduate of the Chadwick School and Marymount College in Palos Verdes.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Loyola Marymount University as well as being a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Charmian has served as a member of the Amazon Business Customer Advisory Board for the nonprofit sector and as a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America CFO Roundtable.  Currently, she is on the board of Nonprofits Insurance Alliance where she also serves on the audit committee.

Founding Executive Director

Jenny Cornuelle Krusoe

Jenny Cornuelle Krusoe is the founding executive director of AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles, California. She is a graduate of Harvard University and completed a fellowship in nonprofit management at the Stanford University School of Business. A California native and resident, Jenny has a national reputation as a nonprofit executive with expertise in public private partnerships and financially sustainable strategic planning. Skilled at stabilizing and restoring financial viability to a wide array of nongovernmental organizations, she has raised hundreds of millions of dollars to support the ocean, and for the past 10 years, has focused her work on developing a global network to support the future ocean-based economy, mariculture and blue technology. Jenny is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and has served on numerous advisory groups, including the University of Southern California Sea Grant, the Blue Action Lab, the Alliance for SoCal Innovation, and the Pacific Aquaculture Center of Excellence. She is this year’s recipient of Los Angeles’ City of STEM Icon Award for her work in developing pathways to well-paying careers in the blue economy and previously received the Spirit of Los Angeles Award, one of the city’s highest mayoral honors.

AltaSea Team

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