Norris Foundation Makes Four-Year Commitment to AltaSea

November 3, 2017

For Immediate Release

Funding to Finance Ocean-Education Facilities with Ocean Exploration Trust, Boys & Girls Clubs of LA Harbor

SAN PEDRO, CALIF. – The Kenneth T. & Eileen L. Norris Foundation has made a four-year funding commitment to AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles. The funding will partially finance classroom construction and related work for the ocean-oriented STEM education programs that AltaSea is creating with Dr. Robert Ballard’s Ocean Exploration Trust and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Los Angeles Harbor (BGCLAH).

“The Norris Foundation and AltaSea are committed to bringing ocean-based STEM education to the neighborhoods surrounding the Port of Los Angeles,” said AltaSea Executive Director Jenny Krusoe. “We’re grateful for their vital support and long-term commitment to help build out our science-education programs with the OET and Boys & Girls Clubs.”

“The Norris Foundation has long been dedicated to enhancing cultural, scientific and educational opportunities for young people throughout Southern California,” said Lisa D. Hansen, chair of the Norris Foundation board. “We’re delighted to support AltaSea and its partners on this important and ambitious initiative that means so much for the families of communities around the port.”

The Norris funding commitment will partially finance classroom construction and ongoing operations for the LA Warehouse STEM Network and Dr. Ballard’s Interactive Ocean Center, both to be located in AltaSea facilities in Warehouse 58.

AltaSea is transforming 35 acres of the port’s oldest area into a center for ocean-based science research, STEM education and sustainable business incubation. Together with the OET and Boys & Girls Clubs, AltaSea is developing Linked Learning Programs focused on sustainable aquaculture and blue technology for high-school students. 

Other AltaSea partners and tenants include the Southern California Marine Institute, the Port of Los Angeles, City of Los Angeles, the La Kretz Blue Economy Incubator, Braid Theory, Blue Robotics, Catalina Sea Ranch and the Longest Swim project.

About AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles

AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles accelerates scientific collaboration, facilitates job creation and inspires the next generation for a more sustainable ocean. Built on an historic pier with access to the deep ocean, AltaSea’s 35-acre campus brings people together to expand science-based understanding of the ocean, incubate and sustain ocean-related business, and pioneer new ocean-related educations programs. For more information, please visit

About the Kenneth T. & Eileen L. Norris Foundation

The Kenneth T. & Eileen L. Norris Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life through medicine, education and the arts in Southern California.

Media Contact:

Krista Swingle, Deputy Director, AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles

(424) 210-4321

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