About Us

I wish you would use all means at your disposal — films, expeditions, the web, new submarines — to create a campaign to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas; Hope Spots large enough to save and restore the blue heart of the planet.

Mission Blue is an initiative of the Sylvia Earle Alliance (S.E.A.) to ignite public support for the protection of Hope Spots &mdash special places that are vital to the health of the ocean, the blue heart of our planet. We draw inspiration from the vision of our founder, Dr. Sylvia Earle, and are uniting a global coalition of partners to inspire an upwelling of public awareness, access and support for a worldwide network of marine protected areas. From the seamounts of the high seas to the shallow sunlit reefs, Mission Blue seeks to bring about a significant increase in ocean protection from less than three percent today to 20% by the year 2020.

Under Dr. Earle’s leadership, the Mission Blue team has embarked on a series of expeditions to further this vision and shed light on these ocean Hope Spots. We also bring the discoveries and stories of a network of ocean experts to the public through documentaries, social and traditional media, and innovative tools like Google’s “Explore the Ocean” layer. Additionally, we support the work of many conservation NGOs with whom we share the basic mission of ocean protection and public awareness. Currently, the Mission Blue coalition includes over 100 respected ocean conservation groups and like-minded organizations &mdash from large multinational companies down to individual scientific teams doing important research.

Decades of overfishing, pollution, climate change, acidification and other human pressures threaten the fundamental nature of the ocean – and therefore threaten the future of humankind. We encourage all global citizens who care about our ocean to reach out and support Mission Blue in any way they can. Presently, less than three percent of the ocean is fully protected; just years ago, that number was around 1 percent. With concerted effort and passionate people, we can continue this positive trend and help create a global network of Hope Spots, the seeds of tomorrow’s healthy ocean.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Sylvia Earle PhD
President & Chairman
Shari Sant Plummer
Linda K. Glover
Prof Dan Laffoley PhD
Carl Gustaf Lundin
Jim Toomey
Shannon O’Leary Joy
Robert Nixon
Patty Elkus

Board Directors

Jenifer Austin
Greg MacGillivray
Gigi BrissonTreasurer
Michael Holland
Sharon Kwok
Sharon Kwok Pong

Emeritus Directors

  • Meg Caldwell
  • Ann K. Luskey
  • Erik Gordon
  • Daryl Hannah
  • John Hanke
  • Ann Hurley

Our Staff

Sylvia A. Earle : Founder
Sylvia A. Earle

National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, called Her Deepness by the New Yorker and the New York Times, Living Legend by the Library of Congress, and first Hero for the Planet by Time Magazine, is an oceanographer, exp...

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Jane Kachmer : President & Chief Executive Officer
Jane Kachmer
President & Chief Executive Officer

Jane took on the responsibilities of President and CEO of the Sylvia Earle Alliance (S.E.A.) / Mission Blue with great honor and enthusiasm in January 2015 after serving as a strategic consultant and coordinating marketing and fundraising efforts ...

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Laura Cassiani : Chief Operating Officer
Laura Cassiani
Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Laura is responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of Mission Blue. Key functions include leading implementation of our strategic vision, developing and overseeing the Mission Blue brand, setting team pri...

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Kip Evans : Director of Photography and Expeditions
Kip Evans
Director of Photography and Expeditions

As Director of Photography and Expeditions, Kip manages the SEA’s image database, expedition planning and documentary production. He is an active participant in nearly every SEA expedition, functioning as producer, director and chief cinematogra...

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Charlotte Vick : Director of Partnerships & Google Content Manager
Charlotte Vick
Director of Partnerships & Google Content Manager

As the Partnership Director for Mission Blue, Charlotte Vick serves as curator for Google Earth’s “Explore the Ocean” layer introduced by Google in 2009. Working with over 350 ocean partners in civil society, government, research, exploratio...

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Deb Castellana : Director of Communications
Deb Castellana
Director of Communications

As Director of Communications, Deb develops and implements communication strategies to broaden the impact of Mission Blue’s programs and partnerships. She works with her team to create and guide the direction for Mission Blue’s website, social...

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Brett Garling : Communications Manager
Brett Garling
Communications Manager
Brett manages partner relationships and provides communications strategy for Mission Blue. As the son of an original national organizer for Earth Day, Brett grew up in a family dedicated to preserving the integrity of our environment. Brett graduated...
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Courtney Mattison : Editorial Manager
Courtney Mattison
Editorial Manager

Courtney curates and produces original content for the Mission Blue website and aids in the creation of other Mission Blue editorial products for print and web. With a Master of Arts in environmental studies from Brown University, she has a deep u...

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