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—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 four 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 — 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 four 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

board-sylvia-earle-180 Sylvia Earle PhD / President & Chairman
board-shari-santplummer-180 Shari Sant Plummer
board-linda-glover-180 Linda K. Glover
board-dan-laffoley-180 Prof Dan Laffoley PhD
board-carl-gustaflundin-180 Carl Gustaf Lundin
ShannonOLearyJoy_crop Shannon O’Leary Joy
board-robert-nixon-180 Robert Nixon
board-patty-elkus-180 Patty Elkus
board-gigi-brisson-180 Gigi Brisson / Treasurer
Sharon Kwok Sharon Kwok Pong

Emeritus Directors

  • Jenifer Austin
  • Meg Caldwell
  • Erik Gordon
  • Daryl Hannah
  • John Hanke
  • Michael Holland
  • Ann Hurley
  • Ann K. Luskey
  • Greg MacGillivray
  • Jim Toomey

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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Laura Cassiani : Acting Executive Director
Laura Cassiani
Acting Executive Director

As Acting Executive Director, 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 p...

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Jane Kachmer : Consultant
Jane Kachmer

Jane serves as a strategic consultant and coordinates marketing and fundraising efforts for the Mission Blue foundation, as well as around the Netflix film Mission Blue. A lifelong ocean lover, Jane has spent a significant part of her career as a ...

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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 & Development Manager
Courtney Mattison
Editorial & Development 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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