An Evening with Oceana’s Board of Directors
In December, Oceana’s board members, staff and funders gathered in Washington, DC for the third and final board meeting of 2012. During the meeting, local supporter Gloria Hidalgo hosted a reception at the George Town Club to celebrate a year filled with important victories for the oceans. Gloria was joined by co-hosts Simon Sidamon-Eristoff and Dr. Kristian Parker, the secretary and chair of Oceana’s board of directors. Oceana CEO Andy Sharpless addressed the crowd of revelers and shared some of Oceana’s campaign plans for the year ahead. During his speech, Andy took a moment to lead a round of applause in appreciation of longtime supporter Sir Thomas R. Moore, who had recently pledged another generous gift in support of Oceana.
A Visit with U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
Oceana was honored to welcome Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) to its headquarters during the December board meeting. Senator Whitehouse addressed Oceana’s board and executive staff and thanked them for their hard work and commitment to protecting the oceans. The Senator provided an update on his work to address climate change and ocean acidification. He also shared his belief that the Investment Tax Credit -- a financing tool crucial to the future of renewable energy in the United States -- would be passed by Congress before the end of the year. Fortunately, as we learned on December 31, 2012, the Senator was correct. For more on this victory, please see the Making Waves section of this magazine.
Breakfast at Christie’s
On October 24th over 40 guests gathered at Christie’s in New York City for breakfast and an engaging conversation about the “Five Things You Need to Know About the Oceans,” led by Oceana CEO Andy Sharpless. The event was hosted by Board Member and Ocean Council Chair Susan Rockefeller and Ocean Council member and Senior Vice President of International Communications at Christie’s, Toby Usnik. During the event, guests enjoyed learning about Oceana’s new initiative, "Save the Oceans: Feed the World."