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. Leadership is divided into two councils: the Leadership Council is a small, efficient and dedicated decision-making body that sets the organizational vision and strategic plan; the Advisory Council serves as a consultative body to assist the Director and Leadership Council in various aspects of projects and planning.
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.
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre
Mark J. Spalding
The Ocean Foundation
Chris Andrews, Ph.D.
Senior Curator (US), Displays Development
SEA LIFE Aquariums
James M. Hekkers
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Conservation Enterprises Unlimited
Deputy Director of External Affairs
National Aquarium in Baltimore
Vikki N. Spruill
President & CEO
Council on Foundations
Saint Louis Science Center
Greg Stone, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President and Chief Scientist for Oceans