Social Investment Leader Tara Roth Joins AltaSea Board of Trustees

AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles is pleased to announce that Tara Roth has joined the organization’s Board of Trustees. Roth brings a wealth of experience and expertise in social investment, nonprofit management, and community engagement to her new role on the board.

As President of the Goldhirsh Foundation, Roth has been a driving force in supporting innovative and sustainable solutions to complex social and environmental challenges since joining the foundation in 2006. She oversees all aspects of the foundation and its $70 million annual budget, including sourcing and vetting investments that connect profit with impact to make its endowment 100% mission-aligned.

Under her leadership, the foundation has launched a number of groundbreaking initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life in Los Angeles and beyond. One of these initiatives, the annual LA2050 Grants Challenge, seeks out the greatest innovators working to create an even better future for the region. AltaSea won $100,000 in the 2016 LA2050 Grants Challenge.

“We are thrilled that Tara has agreed to join AltaSea’s Board of Trustees,” said AltaSea President & CEO Terry Tamminen. “Her deep knowledge of the philanthropic sector and decades-long commitment to sustainability initiatives make her a fantastic fit, and her unique vision and insights into Los Angeles will help grow our footprint and impact even more.”

Named one of LA’s “Most Inspiring Women” by Los Angeles Magazine, Roth has deep roots within the local nonprofit community, serving on the boards of several local organizations, including UCLA’s School of Arts and Architecture, the LA Sustainability Leadership Council, and the Lyft City Works Advisory Council. She also serves on the board of the Ad Council. Roth previously served on the board of USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy and Southern California Grantmakers. She is a juror in the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge.

“It’s an honor to join the Board of Trustees of AltaSea, a nonprofit that has the potential to completely transform Los Angeles’s future,” said Roth. “I deeply believe in the organization’s mission, and I look forward to working with the impressive board and staff they have assembled to build a more sustainable future for our great city.”

Roth joins a distinguished group of leaders on the AltaSea Board of Trustees, including Board Chair and former Executive Director at the Port of Los Angeles Dr. Geraldine Knatz, and recent board additions businesswoman Wendy Neu and activist philanthropist Melanie Lundquist.

“Tara’s exceptional leadership skills and commitment to sustainability make her a valuable addition to AltaSea’s leadership team,” said AltaSea Board Chair Dr. Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D., former executive director of the Port of Los Angeles. “We are thrilled to have her expertise and vision as we continue to drive forward our mission of advancing ocean sustainability.”

A Blue Women’s History Month

By Jenny Krusoe, EVP and COO of AltaSea

What do 1) the first person to walk solo on the ocean floor, 2) the leading expert mapping the ocean floor, and 3) the person overseeing all aspects of America’s ocean agency have in common? The answer might surprise you. The answer is in this month’s celebration: they’re all women.

March is dedicated to women like Sylvia Earle, Dr. Dawn Wright, and Nicole LeBoeuf, who are making waves and paving new paths in ocean science. While they should be celebrated every day, Women’s History Month is a good time to reflect on the often-overlooked contributions that women have made to improve our planet through their research and work, creating new jobs, fighting climate change, and empowering the next generation of explorers.

No one knows the ocean better than Sylvia Earle. Often called “Her Deepness” for the record 7,000 + hours she has spent exploring underwater. She has dedicated her entire career to the ocean, pioneering research on marine ecosystems by exploring and developing technologies designed to access the deep sea. Earle’s resume includes tenures as the former chief scientist at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – the first female ever to hold that position. She is truly one of the most accomplished and successful ocean explorers of all-time.

Earle’s career has inspired others, including another ocean legend: Dr. Dawn Wright. To many, Wright is known as @DeepSeaDawn – a name she earned after completing numerous trips of her own to the bottom of the ocean. In 1991, she made history by becoming the first Black woman to dive to the ocean floor in a deep-sea submersible vehicle. Currently the chief scientist at Esri (a multinational geographic information system software company), just last year she traveled to the deepest part of the ocean in the Mariana Trench as part of Seabed 2030, an international effort that aims to map every inch of the ocean by the year 2030.

Like Sylvia Earle and Dawn Wright, Nicole LeBoeuf is another woman who has dedicated her life to learning about the ocean making sure this knowledge is widely accessible. As the Assistant Administrator for NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS), LeBoeuf is one of the highest-ranking women in America’s premiere coastal and ocean agency, where she oversees all aspects of strategy and operations. Her strategic vision guides NOS’s actions on a variety of issues, including shipping, tourism, recreation, and ocean conservation. Nicole has over two decades of experience connecting science with policy, leading the United States – and the world – to protect and sustainably utilize our oceans.

It is critical that the accomplishments of these “Women in Blue” are not overlooked – something that, unfortunately, happens far too often. In fact, women scientists are so frequently denied recognition for their work that there’s even a name for the phenomenon: The Matilda Effect.

Of course, it’s not just women who are unrecognized. A 2011 poll of 1,000 registered voters found that 72 percent of Americans could not name a single living scientist. Those researchers who do gain recognition in our society tend to be the leaders of their laboratories, and for the most part are overwhelmingly male. Currently, women account for just 21 percent of full professors in the United States. Given this intrinsic bias, perhaps it isn’t surprising how many women are lost in the shuffle.

But these three incredible women demonstrate that ocean exploration isn’t just a man’s game. They are part of an amazing network of pioneers in ocean science through AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles – the nation’s largest blue economy incubator. At AltaSea, we celebrate these incredible women every day because Sylvia, Dawn, and Nicole, even while not present physically, are opening doors for a new generation of female scientists – students and professionals whose STEM innovations will lead us to new discoveries, new understanding, and new ways to use, protect, and respect the world’s oceans.

Together with hundreds of other visionaries, these “Women in Blue” and their innovations are spurring a Blue Economy that the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation predicts will double in value to over $3 trillion in the next decade.

The future of our oceans and our planet rests in the hands of these amazing women and the future scientists they inspire. I am proud to call them collaborators and friends, and I look forward to a future that they are creating every single day for all of us.

Jenny Krusoe is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation’s largest blue economy tech hub.

Dr. Sylvia Earle and Naomi Scott, AltaSea Champion and Next Generation Environmentalist

Dr. Dawn Wright

Jenny Krusoe, AltaSea EVP/COO and Nicole LeBoeuf