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.

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.
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre

Mark J. Spalding
The Ocean Foundation

Advisory Council

Chris Andrews, Ph.D.
Senior Curator (US), Displays Development
SEA LIFE Aquariums

James M. Hekkers
Managing Director
Monterey Bay Aquarium

Patrick O’Callaghan
Executive Director
Conservation Enterprises Unlimited

Kathy Sher
Deputy Director of External Affairs
National Aquarium in Baltimore

Vikki N. Spruill
President & CEO
Council on Foundations

Bert Vescolani
Saint Louis Science Center

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