Mark J. Spalding
Mark J. Spalding concurrently serves as the CEO and President of SeaWeb and the President of The Ocean Foundation. Mark has led The Ocean Foundation since its founding in 2002. Under his leadership, it has grown exponentially from a $200,000 to $7 million/year budget, as he prioritized its focus on steering the human relationship with the sea to a brighter future through diverse, carefully chosen strategies and projects. Mark drove the design and establishment of the Alaska Oceans Program, the Shipping Safety Partnership, the Loreto Bay Foundation and the St. Kitts Foundation. Mark is the advisor to the Rockefeller Ocean Strategy (an unprecedented ocean-centric investment fund), and designed the first-ever blue carbon offset program, SeaGrass Grow. He is a member of the Ocean Studies Board of the the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Mark is serving on the Sargasso Sea Commission. He is a member of the Pool of Experts for the UN World Ocean Assessment, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Blue Economy, at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. From 1994 to 2003, Mark was the Director of the Environmental Law and Civil Society Program, and Editor of the Journal of Environment and Development, at UCSD’s Graduate School of International Relations & Pacific Studies (IR/PS). In addition to lecturing at IR/PS, Mark has taught at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD’s Muir College, UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, and University of San Diego’s School of Law. He was a research fellow at UCSD’s Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, a Sustainability Institute – Donella Meadows Leadership Fellow and a SeaWeb Senior Fellow. He holds a B.A. in history with Honors from Claremont McKenna College, a J.D. from Loyola Law School, and a Master in Pacific International Affairs (MPIA) from IR/PS. He is a graduate of the British School of Motor Racing.
Mark’s deep connection with the ocean began as a young boy growing up in the Central Valley of California; each time he crested the coastal range and the Pacific came into view, it was like a breath of fresh air
Meghan Jeans serves as the Program Director of The Ocean Foundation and SeaWeb, a program of The Ocean Foundation. She’s committed to fostering innovative solutions and collaborations in pursuit of healthy oceans and communities. She holds a J.D. and M.S. in environmental law and policy from Vermont Law School and a B.A. in biology and environmental science from Colby College. Meghan has spent over twenty years working across disciplines and geographies to strengthen marine conservation and inspire greater stewardship of our oceans. In addition to working as Marine Policy faculty with the Sea Education Association, Meghan previously served as the Director of Conservation at the New England Aquarium and the Director of the Fisheries Leadership & Sustainability Forum at Stanford University. She also worked to advance fisheries and marine wildlife conservation with NOAA’s Office of General Counsel for Fisheries, the Marine Fish Conservation Network, Ocean Conservancy, and the Conservation Law Foundation. She currently serves as a member of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council’s (ASC) Supervisory Board, Fair Trade USA’s Fisheries Advisory Council, and as a technical advisor to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT). She previously served as a member of the International Sustainable Seafood Foundation’s (ISSF) Environmental Stakeholder Committee, the Marine Fish Conservation Network’s National Policy Council, the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) Stakeholder Council Steering Group, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel.
A dedicated hydrophile, Meghan is a former PADI SCUBA instructor and looks for every opportunity to get on, in or under the water. She is currently training her rescue dog, Lucy to stand-up paddle board.
Alyssa Hildt coordinates SeaWeb’s Summit Scholars Program and supports the Seafood Champion Awards and other programmatic work. Aside from her work with SeaWeb, she manages The Ocean Foundation’s grant making and boater behavior change program. Alyssa holds a BS in Environmental Science from Brigham Young University; interned at Mote Marine Laboratory’s Ecotoxicology lab in Sarasota, Florida; and worked at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for a few years prior to joining The Ocean Foundation.
Devin Harvey currently provides consulting support for SeaWeb’s various activities after more than ten years with the organization. In 2008, as an intern with the Marine Photobank program, Devin got the green light to bring a video camera to the Seafood Summit, where he began interviewing stakeholders and capturing the sustainability movement through the event. His passion for seafood sustainability grew with every passing year and every passing Summit, and he eventually shifted from the world of conservation photography to seafood. In more recent years, Harvey’s role has involved communications, marketing, and strategic planning for the Seafood Summit and the Seafood Champions Awards, as well as program and content development for SpeakingofSeafood.org. He also runs SeaWeb’s social media accounts.
A lake-diving native of Minnesota, Devin fell in love with the ocean while in film studies school at the University of Southern California and spent nearly every weekend camping along the Pacific Coast or taking sailing lessons. After graduating with a B.A. in Film and Television Studies, Devin moved to Washington D.C. — where he began working for SeaWeb. After five years in the D.C. office Devin and his wife and dog hit the road for two years in Vancouver, Canada. They now reside in Devin’s hometown of Minneapolis, where Devin insists on telling Midwesterners ALL about sustainable seafood.