WHO WE ARE

AltaSea Leadership

Founding Executive Director

Jenny Cornuelle Krusoe

Chief Strategic Officer

Terry Tamminen

Chief Executive Officer and AltaSea Board Trustee

Timothy B. McOsker

Founding Executive Director

Jenny Cornuelle Krusoe

Jenny Cornuelle Krusoe is the founding executive director of AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles. A California native, raised on the shores of San Francisco Bay and now based in San Pedro, Krusoe has a national reputation as a nonprofit executive with expertise in public private partnerships and financially sustainable strategic planning. She has been a member of AltaSea’s leadership team since the innovative ocean sustainability and marine science campus was first conceived. Skilled at stabilizing and restoring financial viability to a wide array of NGOs, she has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for the ocean through foundation, corporate and government grants for environmental and ocean-focused institutions, arts organizations, charter schools, and human-service agencies. For the past 10 years, Krusoe has focused her work on developing a global network to support the future ocean-based economy, mariculture and blue technology. She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and has served on numerous advisory groups, including USC Sea Grant, The Blue Action Lab, Alliance for SoCal Innovation, and the Pacific Aquaculture Center of Excellence.  Krusoe is this year’s recipient of the City of STEM Icon Award for her work in developing pathways to well-paying careers in the blue economy.

Krusoe is the recipient of the Spirit of Los Angeles Award, one of the city’s highest mayoral honors. She is a graduate of Harvard University and completed a fellowship in nonprofit management at the Stanford University School of Business.

Chief Strategic 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.

A United States Coast Guard-licensed ship captain, Terry has long been drawn to the undersea world, starting in the 1960s with a family-run tropical fish breeding business in Australia and continuing with studies on conch depletion in the Bahamas, manatee populations in Florida coastal waters, and mariculture in the Gulf States with Texas A&M University.

In 1993, Terry founded the Santa Monica BayKeeper (now the Los Angeles Waterkeeper) and co-founded additional Waterkeeper programs in five California watersheds. He later served as the Executive Director of the Environment Now Foundation in Santa Monica, CA and co-founded the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic at the School of Law, University of California Los Angeles (now the Emmett Institute for Climate Policy at UCLA Law).
In the summer of 2003, Terry helped Arnold Schwarzenegger win the historic recall election and become Governor of California. He was appointed as the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency in November 2003 and was later appointed Cabinet Secretary, the Chief Policy Advisor to the Governor. During his service in state government, 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.

Terry left state government in late 2006 in order to help other states and world governments adopt clean energy and sustainability policies based on California’s successes. In February 2007, he founded the non-profit organization Seventh Generation Advisors (SGA). SGA’s strategy is to create a “bottom up” approach, rather than waiting for policy from the top. This strategic approach has proven successful, and since 2007, Terry and SGA convinced many states and provinces to copy California policies and other “best practices” on clean energy and climate policy.

In 2007 he was also named the Cullman Senior Fellow for climate policy at the New America Foundation and was appointed as an Operating Advisor to Pegasus Capital Advisors, a private equity fund that provides capital to middle market companies across a wide variety of industries specializing in resource efficiency and sustainable technologies.

In 2011 Terry was appointed as the R20 Founding Chair’s Strategic Advisor. The R20 Regions of Climate Action, created in 2010 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and other sub-national leaders, helps sub-national governments around the world to develop and communicate low-carbon and climate resilient economic development projects. As the Founding Chair’s Strategic Advisor, Terry is advising the R20 on policy and helping with the design and implementation of climate resilient economic development projects. In 2015 Terry was the primary author of R20’s white paper Climate Finance: A Status Report and Action Plan, which was released at COP21. The white paper was chosen by Big Path Capital as one of the “Top 10 Smartest Reports on the Intersection of Climate Change and Finance” in the current semi-annual review cycle of The Smarter Money+ Review Winter issue. In 2016 Terry was appointed CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. Terry currently serves as the President of Seventh Generation Advisors.

Chief Executive Officer and AltaSea Board Trustee

Timothy B. McOsker

Timothy B. McOsker is a lifelong San Pedro resident and an attorney with more than three decades of experience in government, regulatory, and land development matters. Tim has had a long history of serving the City of Los Angeles and the State of California in numerous leadership roles, including as Chief of Staff and Chief Deputy City Attorney for former Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn. Before serving in the City of Los Angeles, Tim served as city attorney to various Southern California jurisdictions.

Tim now serves as CEO of AltaSea, a public-private institute at the Port of Los Angeles that accelerates scientific collaboration, advances an emerging blue economy through business innovation and job creation, and inspires the next generation, all for a more sustainable, just, and equitable world. Prior to this leadership appointment in February 2018, Tim represented AltaSea in critical legal matters, including the lease renegotiation with the Port of Los Angeles. His deep experience in land development, environmental issues, permitting, municipal law, and contracts are crucial as AltaSea embarks on an ambitious next stage of expansion and development of its 35-acre campus.

Tim is currently serving on the boards of the USC Center for Sustainability Solutions Regional Advisory Board, Linc Housing (an affordable housing entity serving vulnerable communities), the Bridge Cities Alliance/PRIDE on the Port, and the Community Ministry Board of the Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Centers (South Bay). He is the current President of the Historic Waterfront Business Improvement District and is the immediate past President of the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and UCLA School of Law.

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