The Ocean Project is unique in many ways, including how it is led. Formed by senior representatives of several aquariums and conservation organizations in the late 1990s, The Ocean Project’s leadership is comprised of some of the most well-respected thinkers and doers in the aquarium, zoo, museum, and conservation communities, as well as incredibly young talent from around the world.

Our new World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council, is helping develop the reach and conservation impact of World Oceans Day, especially by engaging youth and decision-makers. Our Leadership Council helps set our organizational vision and strategic plan. The Advisory Council serves as a consultative body to assist The Ocean Project team in various aspects of projects and planning. If you’d like to get involved, please let us know!

Leadership Council

Paul J. Boyle, Ph.D., Founder and Council Chair
Senior Vice President
Conservation Research & Development, and Policy
Association of Zoos and Aquariums

John Nightingale, Ph.D., Co-Founder
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre

Mark J. Spalding
The Ocean Foundation

Advisory Council

Chris Andrews, Ph.D.
Head, Merlin Animal Welfare and Development – US
SEA LIFE Aquariums

James M. Hekkers, Co-Founder
Consultant, IMPACTS Research, former Managing Director, Monterey Bay Aquarium

Patrick O’Callaghan
Executive Director
Conservation Enterprises Unlimited

Kathy Sher, Co-Founder
Deputy Director of External Affairs
National Aquarium in Baltimore

Vikki N. Spruill, Co-Founder
President & CEO
Council on Foundations

Bert Vescolani
Saint Louis Science Center

Greg Stone, Ph.D., Co-Founder
Senior Vice President and Chief Scientist for Oceans
Conservation International