Aaron, a New Zealand native, has been part of the PangeaSeed family since the very beginning and has helped shape the creative identity and aesthetic of our organization ever since. In collaboration with other artists, he painted the first-ever Sea Wall in Sri Lanka and laid the foundation of what is today our flagship program. Aaron holds a BFA from Auckland University of Technology.
Amandalynn is a San Francisco based muralist, fine artist, conservator, and art director. Inspired by the female form and spirit, she depicts strong, seductive women and illustrates their strength through line work and decorative patterning. Her works can be found in galleries and streets all over the world. In recent years she has been art directing and curating for music and arts festivals. Amandalynn has always enjoyed curating and assisting other artists in their work, making art direction a natural path for her. Fine art also plays a key role in Amandalynn's life, as she continues to develop her practice as a gallery artist. She holds a BFA from the San Francisco Academy of Art, and believes that sharing the creative process with others is the key to living an inspired life.
Emilie McGlone is the United Nations liaison and Director of the New York-based office of Peace Boat US, a nonprofit organization working to promote peace, sustainable development, and respect for the environment through educational programs, aboard the Peace Boat. This chartered passenger ship travels the world on peace voyages. Peace Boat holds Special Consultative Status with the Social and Economic Council of the UN and works in partnership with UN representatives, Nobel Peace Laureates, and community leaders from around the world to create opportunities for international cooperation focused on environmental sustainability, cultural awareness, and peace education. Emilie works to foster youth education and develops specific programs to learn about critical global issues onboard the Peace Boat.
Ericka Calvert leverages over 25 years of business operations, strategic planning, and partner alliance development experience. Having lived in New York, Tokyo, and London, she is skilled at building relationships across varying industries, cultures, and countries. She holds a BA from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington
Galen is an award-winning industrial designer with an emphasis on toy design, brand, and product strategy. Having over two decades of experience as a creative director he has a proven record of developing innovative and compelling products, apparel, and collaborations for some of the world’s most recognized brands, and is a leader in concept and strategy development for complex design initiatives.
An influential figure in Bay Area public art, Oakland-based artist Jet Martinez (b. 1973) is known for creating vibrant works of art that engage the traditions of Mexican folk art with contemporary aesthetics. Originally from the small beach town of Tuxpan, Veracruz, Mexico, and raised in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Martinez takes inspiration from his native culture’s rich traditions of pottery, weaving, and embroidery, enlivening the rigid architecture of urban environments with ornate patterns and abstract forms.
A fellow of the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA with his wife, Kelly Ording, Martinez’s work has been exhibited internationally at Joseph Gross Gallery, 111 Minna Gallery, White Walls Gallery, Museo de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, and Syracuse University, among others. His murals have been commissioned in locales as diverse as Oaxaca, New Orleans, Brazil, and Zurich, and by the San Francisco Arts Commission/San Francisco General Hospital, the cities of Denver, Colorado and San Jose, California, and companies such as Facebook, Hilton, Kiehl’s, John Fluevog and Red Bull.
Martinez served as the director of San Francisco’s acclaimed Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) for ten years from 2004 to 2014. His work with CAMP has been integral to the creation and preservation of public art in the Mission District, a historically Latino neighborhood known as a bastion for underground arts and culture.
Kristin Lindblad is an artist, philanthropist, and conservationist who supports valuable projects, causes, and initiatives through strategic giving, visual and literary storytelling, and communications strategy.
She spends much of her time navigating life — and the planet — with her husband, Sven Lindblad, founder of Lindblad Expeditions, a global leader in environmentally responsible expedition travel and ocean advocacy. Together, they run the Wanderlust Fund and value providing crucial funds to organizations doing important work with cultural and environmental protection, global relief efforts, children, and the arts.
Based on Maui and Charleston, her work and travels have taken her on adventures around the world, sharing her love of nature and motivating people to explore and broaden their horizons. She particularly enjoys interviewing and working with scientists in the field. You can read samples of her environmentally-focused feature writing on Scientific American, Newsweek, and Virgin platforms. She also serves in an official advisory capacity to Beneath the Waves, WildAid, Ocean Unite, the Reefline of Blue Lab Preservation Society, Oceanic Global and Cultural Sanctuaries Foundation.
Her OCEANSCAPES ocean conservation photography platform was launched in August of 2018 and aims to inspire people to “feel the ocean,” executing versions of her underwater photography through partnerships and productions in design, science, and philanthropy. She enjoys the creative execution of “ARTivism” projects to raise awareness for crucial environmental and social challenges, as well as planetary success stories.
Kristin spent the early part of her career in communications consulting assisting start-up, non-profit, and small business ventures with public relations, brand development, and major event planning. Educational notes include a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in French and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia with coursework through Vanderbilt University in France and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Undergraduate School of Business.
Kristin is most comfortable under the sea and her friends just refer to her as Mermaid. She is an avid scuba diver, free diver, kite surfer, and has a keen interest in yoga, meditation, and wellness practices. Always a global ambassador, if it involves adventure, discovery, and inspiration…the answer is yes.
Lauren YS is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work is influenced by multiple stages of focus, both geographically and in practice. Carrying a B.A. in English and Fine Art from Stanford University, Lauren applies their dynamic bouts in academics, literature, illustration, comics, and animation to their role in the urban art sphere as a queer Asian-American femme with a deep passion for visual storytelling.
Their signature style of high-chroma design elements interwoven with dynamic portraiture creates lush, florid pictorial portals to worlds that are as just as they are visually captivating. Lauren’s work seeks to bring an element of the fantastical and narrative fluidity to the dignity of their characters’ person-hoods, with a specific passion for creating space for queer and BIPOC stories.
From large-scale murals to multi-layered works on canvas, Lauren’s work draws inspiration from queer worlds, non-binary identities, mythology, dreams, psychedelia, animation, cybernetic organisms, travel, nature, human dignity, metaphysical wonderings, and their mixed Asian-American heritage. Lauren’s vision encapsulates the lifetime search for identity and self-hood, a love of local myth, and the constant pursuit of promoting anti-racism and just futures.
Linda Cabot is an artist, ocean advocate, and community philanthropist who utilizes her creativity, strategic planning skills, and resources to support organizations in the art, education, and environmental space. She founded Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs in 2010 to inspire and support the next generation of ocean caretakers. Linda also founded Linda Cabot Design, a sustainable textile company, and boutique at the Boston Design Center. She serves on the boards as a Trustee of the New England Aquarium, The Isabelle Stuart Gardner Museum, Women Working for Oceans, Neighborhood House Charter School, and the North Haven Foundation.
Melissa Cristina Márquez is a Latina marine biologist, explorer, author, freelance writer, and TV presenter known for translating complex scientific concepts and jargon into language accessible to the general public. An avid diver and ocean activist, Melissa travels extensively throughout the world promoting intersectional environmentalism and ocean justice. Márquez is currently doing her Ph.D. at Curtin University, studying human-wildlife conflict and long-term changes in the habitat use of elasmobranchs.
Learn more about Melissa here.