WHO WE ARE

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

AltaSea Special Advisors

Special Advisor, Cultural Consultant

Tina Orduno Calderon

Special Advisor, International Relations

Dr. Yufu Cheng

Climate Finance Program Director, 7th Generation Advisors and Special Advisor, Climate Finance

Gregory Cogut

Executive Director, Energy Independence Now and AltaSea Special Advisor, Clean Energy

Brian Goldstein

Director of Maritime Operations, Pacific6 and AltaSea Special Advisor, Marine Infrastructure

Nick Hajek

Special Advisor, Policy

Timothy B. McOsker

Co-founder and Managing Director of Proteus Environmental Technologies and AltaSea Special Advisor, Research Initiatives

Anthony F. Michaels

Advocate for the Protection of the Environment and Special Advisor, Environmental Topics

Joel Sill

Executive Director, Entrepreneur Educational Center Inc. and AltaSea Special Advisor, Entrepreneurship

Barbara J. Stanton

Special Advisor, Project Management

Behjat Zanjani

Special Advisor, Cultural Consultant

Tina Orduno Calderon

She/her/Auntie

Tina is a Culture Bearer of Gabrielino Tongva, Chumash and Yoeme descent as well as a traditional singer & dancer, storyteller & poet who strives to honor her ancestors and inspire others to respect the lands, water, sacred elements and environment.

Tina joined AltaSea in July 2022 as Special Advisor and Cultural Consultant. She looks forward to assisting in building curriculum to include Tongva history, traditions and ideologies.

Special Advisor, International Relations

Dr. Yufu Cheng

Dr. Yufu Cheng has worked in identifying and implementing regional environmental protection related projects, with partners in the government, public authorities, and Technology and Financial Companies. He served as China Director for R20 Regions of Climate Actions, and Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. He was the senior Vice President at Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation, where he helped developing low carbon fuel standards and Energy and Climate Registry in USA and China. Dr. Cheng is a visiting professor at both Peking University and Nanjing University. He participates organizing several US-China Summits on Climate Change, Green Energy, Energy Efficiency and Transportation. Dr. Cheng received his PhD in Ecology from Joint Doctoral Program from University of California at Davis and San Diego State University, Master’s degree in Ecology at Chinese Academy of Forestry and Bachelor In Biological Sciences at Anhui Normal University.

Climate Finance Program Director, 7th Generation Advisors and Special Advisor, Climate Finance

Gregory Cogut

Greg is the Climate Finance Program Director at 7th Generation Advisors. Greg’s work focuses on advising organizations on climate financing and clean tech analysis.

Greg graduated with an Honors Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan where he majored in Environmental Studies with a specialization in Sustainable Business with minors in Environmental Geology and Sustainability, as well as a minor in Business from the Ross School of Business.

Executive Director, Energy Independence Now and AltaSea Special Advisor, Clean Energy

Brian Goldstein

Brian Goldstein is Executive Director, Energy Independence Now (EIN).  He leads EIN in its mission to support a transition to a clean transportation system. With a background in finance, Brian has professional experience in the alternative fuels, renewable energy, energy efficiency, transportation technologies, and financial services sectors. He has served as CFO of a motorcycle design and manufacturing firm as well as CFO of a hydrogen transportation technology company, where he focused on both public and private financing initiatives, infrastructure acquisitions, automotive technology development, and fleet adoption of hydrogen technology.

Brian has worked to develop alternative fuel distribution networks in California and Colorado. He has also served as a technical and financial consultant to the US Department of Energy and he continues to serve as a judge for the Clean Tech Open business plan competition as well as the DOE National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition.

Mr. Goldstein graduated with a B.S. in International Business from the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado, and earned his MBA with focus on Finance and International Business at the Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business Management, where he received a Merit Scholarship. Mr. Goldstein is an Eagle Scout.

Director of Maritime Operations, Pacific6 and AltaSea Special Advisor, Marine Infrastructure

Nick Hajek

Nick Hajek is Director of Maritime Operations at Pacific6.  As an international marine contractor, he manages several maritime projects focused on offshore farming, commercial scale aquaculture, carbon capture, and hybrid/all electric vessel designs, as well as continuing his work over seas year round. Nick comes from a maritime family and is an 8th generation Norwegian captain who is heavily involved with installing and supporting commercial scale offshore farms in various countries as well as overseeing the progress and operations of several cutting edge projects here in the United States. Mr. Hajek is extremely hands on and practical. He is an internationally recognized captain, commercial diver, paramedic, aquaculture engineer and although born in the USA calls New Zealand home.

Pacific6 is a California-based investment and development partnership committed to important and inspiring projects that have a positive impact on people and their communities.  With a heavy focus on aquaculture and the environment, Pacific6 partners and collaborates with research institutes, scientists, environmentalists, government agencies and fishermen/farmers to explore ways to develop and promote marine aquaculture is the U.S through safe, sustainable practices and a responsible ocean stewardship, catalyzing new industries, preserving working waterfronts, solving the enormous US seafood trade deficit, and demonstrating how to sustainable feed a hungry world.  The company operates Pacific6 Ocean AquaFarms, Pacific Mariculture, Pacific Hybfreed, and Symbrosia.

Special Advisor, Policy

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 served as CEO of AltaSea from 2018 through 2021. 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 have been 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.

Co-founder and Managing Director of Proteus Environmental Technologies and AltaSea Special Advisor, Research Initiatives

Anthony F. Michaels

Dr. Anthony Michaels is a nationally recognized leader in sustainability, innovation and environmental science across multiple business sectors and academic fields. He is the co-founder and managing director of Proteus Environmental Technologies, a leader in the transition of technology innovations to scale and CEO of EVEA Farm Management, a new venture to create vertically integrated supply chains for organic crops and monetize carbon and other environmental benefits from the next generation of regenerative farming technologies.  Previously he was CEO of Midwestern BioAg, a leader in soil health and sustainable agriculture.  Its network of 4,500 farms use a systems approach to farming that results in higher yield, lower costs, increased farmer profits, improved environmental outcomes and more nutritious crops.  Midwestern BioAg has worked with about one-third of the organic farms in the Midwest, a network of progressive conventional farms and has a 35-year history of creating and marketing innovative fertility products for both conventional and organic farmers.  In addition to operational roles in sustainability-centric companies, he also was Chief Scientist at Pegasus Capital Advisors.  This middle-market Private Equity firm was a leader in building successful companies around a resource scarcity theme, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, biofuels, recycling and a variety of circular-economy sectors. Earlier in his career, he studied global nutrient cycles in the ocean, was a tenured Professor at the University of Southern California and was the founding Director of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. He has published over 100 scholarly papers.  He has long-standing board roles at the National Council for Science and the Environment, The Julie Wrigley Global Institute on Sustainability at Arizona State University, the Catalina Island Conservancy and the National Science Foundation Environmental Research and Education Advisory Board.

Education

  • 1983 – 1988  Ph.D. in Biology (Biological Oceanography), University of California, Santa Cruz.
  • 1982 – 1983  M.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona.
  • 1980 – 1982  B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona.  With Highest Distinction and Honors
  • 1976 – 1979  University of California, San Diego and Scripps Institute of Oceanography.

Highlights of Professional Career

  • 2020 – Present   Co-Founder and CEO, EVEA Farm Management LLC.  This company builds vertically integrated organic crop supply chains, starting with operating the farms, building ingredients with the crops and contracting directly with large food and feed companies
  • 2007 – Present   Managing Director, Proteus Environmental Technologies LLC.  Proteus has a unique approach for scaling sustainability innovations from the university and entrepreneur through a partnership/investing approach with existing middle-market companies.
  • 2014 – 2019   Chief Executive Officer, Midwestern BioAg Inc.  This company is a 38-year leader in regenerative and sustainable agriculture.
  • 2010 – 2014   Chief Scientist and Operating Partner, Pegasus Capital Advisors.  During Michaels’ tenure, Pegasus had $3.5 billion in AUM and build iconic companies to solve resource scarcity, climate and environmental challenges.
  • 2012 – 2013   President, MPH Energy.  Scaling a novel re-use of recycled materials into a pollution control technology for coal-fired power plants.
  • 2008 – 2013   CEO, PhycoSystems Inc.  An algae-biofuels startup
  • 1996 – 2012   Associate and Full Professor, Biology, University of Southern California
  • 1996 – 2008   Director of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies.  At its time, the leader in a new generation of academic environmental programs that built unique relationships between university scholarship and
  • 1993 – 1996   Risk Prediction Initiative, Bermuda Biological Station for Research, Inc.  An innovative program between academic and the global re-insurance industry to redefine the management of the property insurance for catastrophic risks like hurricanes, floods and climate change.
Advocate for the Protection of the Environment and Special Advisor, Environmental Topics

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.

Executive Director, Entrepreneur Educational Center Inc. and AltaSea Special Advisor, Entrepreneurship

Barbara J. Stanton

Barbara Stanton, former University of Southern California Program Specialist,  runs Entrepreneur Educational Center Inc. (EECI), a Watts-based non-profit co-founded in 1989 with Dr. Richard H. Buskirk, the late world-renowned educator and Director of the USC Entrepreneur Program, and the late Bernadette G. Robert, a Vice President at Mount St. Mary’s College. EECI has developed and implemented urban renewal and economic development programs for the City of Los Angeles, the County of Los Angeles, the State of California, the US Department of Commerce, the Veterans Administration, as well as private corporations, foundations, and philanthropic organizations. AltaSea and EECI have partnered to accelerate employment opportunities in emerging blue economy sectors by bringing small business and equity to the local area to benefit residents in Black and Indigenous People of Color communities.

Special Advisor, Project Management

Behjat Zanjani

Behjat Zanjani is the principal of IEM. She has more than 28 years of experience in project management, construction management, and project control services on a broad range of public works projects such as ports & harbor facilities, educational facilities, pipelines, pump stations, site improvements and infrastructures, bulk material handling facilities, wastewater and water treatment plants, public buildings, and parking structures.

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