Washington, DC, USA
A Meaningful Mission Statement
Prior to joining Oceana I supported a diverse range of both large and small startup ventures. Particularly after the often frenzied "Dot-Com Years" I found myself searching for a new startup venture, but this time with a substantial mission statement, one where we could effect meaningful change at a global scale, and one where we would use technology as a strategic asset and not just as a support function. I feel extremely fortunate to have found it here, at Oceana, helping to protect and manage such an important global resource.
A Close Relationship
I really enjoy time spent near or on the water and it feels like we all have a fundamental tie to the oceans. Although we don't live near the ocean, my wife and I spend a great deal of time on the Chesapeake Bay and the Eastern Shore with family and friends.
Protecting What You Can't See
Historically, not enough coordinated effort has been put into managing our oceans as a limited and fragile global resource - particularly as its assets are accessible by everyone and yet owned by no one in particular. Further, it seems easier to measure the balance between creation and destruction when, for example, we cut down large chunks of mature rainforest because we can all see and touch the result. It seems our biggest challenge in sustaining our oceans and what lies below their surface is relating to something we can't readily see.