We like to say that collaboration is in our DNA. For over 25 years, The Ocean Project has worked behind the scenes to catalyze collective action and grow the movement for our blue planet. We are data-driven and solutions-focused, and we punch far above our weight. Small by design, we take a strategic "network of networks" approach to our work so we can be as efficient and effective as possible and scale our impact. We have been virtual since 2013. Special thanks to the amazing young leaders and seasoned professionals worldwide who serve on our Advisory Councils!
Kate Sutter, Community Engagement Lead
Kate Sutter is a big ocean fan. Kate has been consulting part-time for The Ocean Project on social media and community engagement since March 2021. In addition, she is a Community Manager for Only One. She has previously worked at The American Museum of Natural History in Exhibitions, Communications, and Conservation. Before joining Only One, she was at The Ocean Agency where she managed projects alongside the team who produced Google Underwater Street View and the Netflix Documentary, Chasing Coral. She is a member of the Explorers Club, an avid scuba dive instructor, she has also been featured on Disney as a ‘shipwreck expert.'
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Kate has a B.A. from Fordham University, where she focused on Environmental Studies, Urban Studies, and Bioethics.
Laura Johnson, Youth Program Supervisor
Laura Johnson (she/they) is a 25 year old environmental advocate & ocean enthusiast based in Long Beach, California. She served for 5 years as the Youth Representative on the Board of Directors at Big Blue & You, an organization focused on combining "artivism" with science communication, to empower the youth of marginalized communities in South Florida to take action for the ocean and climate. She earned an Associate's Degree from Florida Atlantic University, and two certificates in Environmental Education & Climate Science Communication from Cornell University. Their experience also includes working as a data analyst for both FAU's Harbor Branch Dolphin Lab & 5Gyres, as an undergraduate intern with University of Miami's RSMAS Shark Tagging team, as a community canvasser for Greenpeace, and as a marine science educator at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Laura was a student delegate in the inaugural class of Sea Youth Rise Up in 2016, returned to the program as a student mentor in 2018, and will assist in coordinating the upcoming program in 2023. She has been working directly with The Ocean Project's youth initiative since 2020. Their work at the organization has included co-coordinating Youth-A-Thon in 2020 and 2021, managing the World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council, and leading The Ocean Project's multi-week virtual youth Advocacy Training series. Laura is currently pursuing their Bachelor's in marine biology & sustainable aquaculture, with a focus on environmental justice & social change, at Unity College.
Laura is passionate about mental health as it relates to being an environmental advocate, and is always willing to be a shoulder to lean on for young people struggling with climate anxiety. They believe that connecting with nature is an excellent way to fight these feelings; She has logged over 100 dives and has swam with over a dozen species of sharks, and has visited 30+ states, 18 national parks, countless state parks, and 13 countries. In their free time, Laura loves hiking, photography, making art in a variety of mediums, and tending to her 65+ houseplants, 2 cats, and 8 snakes.
Jihyun Lee, Latin America Outreach Coordinator
Jihyun Lee is a 24-year-old ocean lover from South Korea who currently lives in Argentina who works part-time for The Ocean Project. Growing up in the United States' Rocky Mountains during her formative years, Jihyun sprouted her interest and love for animals and nature. The gorgeous and mighty Orca especially captivated the heart of the 5-year-old child. For the past three years, she has been working for ocean conservation and youth advocacy in national and international non-profit organizations while in university and is soon to graduate from Yonsei University in Seoul. She served for over 2 years as a High Seas Youth Ambassador at the High Seas Alliance and 3 years as an intern at the Citizens' Institute for Environmental Studies (CIES), determined to work for a healthier, bluer, biodiverse ocean and planet. Jihyun has been engaging with the public by leading youth webinars, supporting public campaigns and academic research, amplifying youth voices by giving speeches at international conferences, and most of all, by staying connected to fellow ocean lovers. She learns from them every day and aspires to continuously grow as an environmental advocate.
Jihyun enjoys walking, indoor bouldering, listening to music, gastronomy, traveling around the world, meeting new people, talking about life, and is always excited to experience new things and learn! LinkedIn profile here.
Sarah Haberbosch, World Ocean Day Coordinator
Sarah Haberbosch is breaking into the advocacy world, driven by her passion for the ocean and global networking. A well-traveled individual, she has explored cultures of Southern Europe and the Caribbean, and continues to admire the diverse beauty of her homeland, the United States. Among her travels, the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco holds a special place as one of her favorites. With a specialty in networking and partnerships, Sarah leaves a lasting impression on those around her, leading with impact that resonates across all age groups. She works part-time for The Ocean Project.
Sarah is based in Connecticut and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration.
Tommy Nguyen, 2024 Intern
Tommy Nguyen (he/him) is a Brown University student born in Vietnam and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has learned the significance of sustainability and community engagement through time in different locations. He was involved with the Refugee Education Center for four years, working closely to help immigrants adapt to the new environment. In addition, Tommy has led the Asian Student Union through different community events and founded an organization, Simplify English, to tutor children from China and Vietnam. These activities have led him to his current engagement in the Future of Sustainable Investing Conference and Bonner Community Fellowship at Brown University, where he addresses social justice issues in the Providence community with 19 other fellows. With the aspiration of connecting people from different backgrounds to the current issues in ocean conservation and sustainability, Tommy hopes that his involvement in The Ocean Project will aid in this journey to amplify voices and advocate for the environment. In addition, Tommy loves traveling the world. He has been to Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Canada, and more! He also enjoys running, working out, folding origami, and meeting new people.
Bill Mott, Executive Director
Since 1988, Bill Mott has focused on building networks and coalitions to promote more collaborative and strategic ways to bring about a better future. Bill has directed The Ocean Project since 1997, growing it from founding five partner North American organizations into 2,000+ partner organizations in 150 countries. In 2002, Bill helped launch global efforts to coordinate and collaboratively grow World Ocean Day as a rallying point for the ocean every 8 June, and with continued year-round ocean and climate advocacy and action.
Bill began his career in Washington, DC, first as an international issues intern at National Audubon Society focused on protecting tropical rainforests in Central America, and then serendipitously landed a job at the Center for Environmental Education (now Ocean Conservancy) in 1988, where he grew support for marine protected area designations nationally and internationally, including Monterey Bay, Flower Garden Bank, Stellwagen Bank, Olympic Peninsula, and in the Dominican Republic; he also coordinated the Coral Reef Coalition, whose efforts led to the establishment of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary in 1990. Following graduate school, Bill served as the first director of the Marine Fish Conservation Network, an unprecedented effort by the conservation community to address fisheries issues in a major way. He grew the Network into a diverse coalition with more than 100 conservation, scientific, and fishing organizations, and led an innovative national media and grassroots lobbying campaign that resulted in the first comprehensive conservation overhaul of the United States' principal fisheries law, through the 1996 reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Bill then worked for seven years with SeaWeb, where he advocated for sustainable aquaculture and supported the early development of the sustainable seafood movement. During those seven years, he also focused half-time on developing The Ocean Project, and has been working full-time at The Ocean Project | World Ocean Day since 2005.
Bill received an M.E.S. from the Yale University School of the Environment in 1993 and a B.S. in Natural Resources with a minor in International Agriculture from Cornell University in 1987. Bill lives in Providence, Rhode Island with his wife and has two children in their 20s and a faithful hound, plus hundreds of composting worms. He volunteers with several community and regional education and sustainability efforts.