Board of Directors

Todd Steiner

Executive Director

Todd Steiner is an ecologist and the founder and executive director of Turtle Island Restoration Network, an ocean advocacy and research NGO with offices in California, Texas and Hawaii.

Carole Allen

Board Member

Carole Allen is the founder and director of Help Endangered Animals - Ridley Turtles (HEART).

Deb Castellana

Board Member

Deb Castellana is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Sylvia Earle Alliance / Mission Blue.

Brock Cahill

Board Member

Brock is the founder of SeaChange Agency and an underwater cinematographer.


Todd Steiner

Executive Director

Todd Steiner is an ecologist and the founder and executive director of Turtle Island Restoration Network, an ocean advocacy and research NGO with offices in California, Texas and Hawaii.

Scott Artis

Managing Director

Scott Artis joined the Turtle Island Restoration Network staff in 2018 and brings more than a decade’s worth of experience spanning for-profit and nonprofit sectors in wildlife conservation, habitat protection, biotech, management and fundraising.

Preston Brown

Director of Watershed Conservation

Preston's work is focused on developing and facilitating stream restoration projects and administrating salmonid population monitoring programs.

Joanie Steinhaus

Gulf Program Director

Joanie Steinhaus attended Houston Community College in Houston Texas studying Animal Health Management and Veterinary Technology.

Audrey Fusco

Nursery Manager & Restoration Ecologist

Audrey focuses on utilizing native plants to enhance habitat for wildlife and works with all aspects of revegetation of SPAWN’s riparian restoration projects.

Ayano Hayes

Watershed Biologist

Ayano strives to protect and restore the natural environment through action, education, and connection.

Mariano Castro

Latin America Legal & Policy Analyst

Mariano Castro is a Costa Rican lawyer with an LLM in public international law from Leiden University, and current candidate for a Mphil in Conservation Leadership in Cambridge University.

Benedict Tagle

Communications Specialist

Benedict is a communications professional from Northern California.

Kimber De Salvo Anderson

Gulf Program Coordinator

As a lifelong ocean lover, Kimber is passionate about marine conservation, stewardship, and education.

Scott Webb

Advocacy & Policy Manager

Scott is ecstatic to join the Turtle Island Restoration Network team as the Advocacy & Policy Manger.

Phoebe Bryan

Membership Specialist

Phoebe grew up in West Marin and always finds herself drawn back to the ocean no matter how far she travels.


Elizabeth Purcell

Communications Intern

Elizabeth is currently studying environmental science with an aquatic biology tract.

Zoe Vavrek

SPAWN Intern

Zoe Vavrek is a college student at Pitzer College studying Environmental Science. She is passionate about ecological restoration and is so grateful that she is able to help build back habitat in her local watershed this summer.

Science and Policy Advisory Board

César Peñaherrera, Ph.D

César Peñaherrera is an Ecuadorian Marine Biologist specialized in Quantitative Marine Science (QMS) and currently serves as the Academic Director at Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador – Manabí.

Myra Finkelstein, Ph.D

Myra Finkelstein is a David H. Smith Conservation Fellow at the University of California Santa Cruz whose research focuses on human impacts on marine ecosystems.

Kevin Weng, Ph.D

Kevin Weng is an Associate Professor at College of William & Mary Virginia Institute of Marine Science where he studies the impact of fisheries on sharks and other marine species.

Kerstin Forsberg

Kerstin Forsberg is the Founder and Director of Planeta Océano, a growing marine conservation non-profit based in Lima, Peru.

Jonathan R. Green

Jonathan R. Green

Jonathan R. Green is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of London as well as a notable photographer.

Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D

Wallace J. Nichols is a Research Associate at California Academy of Sciences and founder/co-director of Ocean Revolution, an international network of young ocean advocates and author nearly 100 publications on ocean ecology

William Loftus, Ph.D

William Loftus is the President of Aquatic Research & Communication, LLC, which involves different institutions and agencies to restore fish communities via sampling techniques and communication of scientific issues

George Shillinger, Ph.D

George Shillinger is the Executive Director of Upwell. He has worked in environmental conservation since 1986.

Boris Worm, Ph.D

Boris Worm is a Biology Professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is a Marine Research Ecologist whose lab includes students and postdoctoral fellows studying the causes, consequences of change, and conservation of marine biodiversity.

Mark Stabb, Ph.D

Mark Stabb is a professional engineer, small business owner, environmental conservationist and long time scuba divemaster.