Alex is committed to a life of inspiring others to view science through a more dynamic and empowering lens. Alex obtained her M.Sc. in Chemical Ecology from San Diego State University and most recently resided as a Science Programs Manager and Marine Scientist for the National Park Service.
As an ecologist, storyteller, and community engager, she has spanned critical boundaries between stakeholders in education, academia, non-profit, and government to translate the most current scientific bodies of work in ways that are accessible and inclusive. She is a strong proponent of unconventional science communication and extending the broader impacts of science to the public using the outlets of art, digital media, education, and citizen science.
Currently, Alex works at the interface of climate resilience and community with the Climate Science Alliance. As Deputy Director for the Alliance, her hope is that through her work and experience she can encourage the world to think differently about how we connect and impact the thriving ecosystem around us and commit to fostering a more resilient future.
Danni is the host of Xploration Nature Knows Best, which is a STEM educational TV show syndicated nationwide on FOX, HULU and Amazon Prime. She is also a correspondent on CBS Mission Unstoppable and featured in Strange Evidence on the Science Channel. A graduate of the University of Miami with a degree in Marine Science & Biology — she is also the co-founder of the Big Blue & You, scuba diver, inspirational speaker, digital influencer, proud curly girl, and overall lover of the outdoors. Learn more about Danni at danniwashington.com.
Derek is the founder at The Underswell and The Underswell School of Understanding, crafting sustainability talks and online courses to help students and professionals better understand sustainability and social responsibility so they can integrate both into business and life.
Additionally, he developed the Apparel Industry Sustainability Certificate at Orange Coast College and is a co-founder of the brand KOZM; a sustainability-driven, mindfulness-focused, Certified B Corp, lifestyle brand.
Derek’s helped multiple companies, brands, and individuals with their sustainability journey and was the former VP of Sustainability at Volcom. An engineering student turned art student, mid-career Derek went back to school and received his MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine.
In addition to teaching and consulting, Derek serves on the boards of the UCI Alumni Association, the Orange Coast College Foundation, and PangeaSeed Foundation.
Born in the midwest surrounded by freshwater, beautiful rivers, and open lands are where the wild is rooted in Jennifer. She was raised by parents who traveled and relocated often and learned how to adapt and connect with people at a very young age. While visiting and living in these places she learned that cultures are very diverse; connected by plants, creatures, water, environmental impact, food, art, music, and love. In 2019 while interning with the Sea Walls Maui project, Jennifer personally experienced the power of public art. She passionately believes that art and activism introduce, educate and bring people together where they live, and with a little interest and curiosity, anyone can make a difference in their community.
Jennifer has worked over 20 years in people engagement and community management in the outdoor and surf industry, and 10 years managing the 1% for the Planet retail western region grant program at Patagonia. She has had the great privilege to build relationships and support environmental campaigns internationally, home in California, Oregon, Washington, and in her beloved Hawaii. She deeply values our home planet and the activists who work to protect it.
For Jennifer, her family is everything and believes that it is so important for her children to learn about the world they live in, barefoot, wild, and free. She and her family live in Santa Cruz California and have built a life that revolves around the ocean and the mountains. The spirit of adventure and travel to new places will not fade away.
Paul holds a BA in Spanish and a BA in Education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Having worked over 17 years in the Secondary Education sector, he has been serving as a Spanish instructor at Whitewright Independent School District for the past 12 years. As a teacher he is passionate about inspiring his students to become responsible world citizens. Paul is an active volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, a passionate ocean conservationist and lover of the outdoors.