Michael Conathan
Executive Director


Ingrid Irigoyen
Deputy Director


Aspen High Seas Initiative Leadership Council

The Honorable Madeleine Albright, 64th Secretary of State of the United States; Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group; Trustee, the Aspen Institute

Dr. Barbara Block, Charles and Elizabeth Prothro Professor in Marine Sciences, Stanford University

John Bridgeland, Founder & CEO of Civic Enterprises

James Connaughton, President and CEO, Nautilus Data Technologies; formerly: Chairman, White House Council on Environmental Quality

Dr. Sylvia Earle, President, Mission Blue; Explorer in Residence, National Geographic Society

Linda Glover, author and marine scientist

Dr. Kristina Gjerde, High Seas Policy Advisor, International Union for Conservation of Nature

Bob and Sarah Nixon, Oscar-nominated film makers

Dr. Richard Pyle, Associate Zoologist, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum

The Honorable Tommy Remengesau, President, Republic of Palau

Brian Skerry, award-winning photojournalist, National Geographic Magazine

Ian UrbinaPulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist; author of The Outlaw Ocean. Mr. Urbina regularly writes for The New York Times, The Atlantic, National Geographic and other major outlets.

Buddy Vanderhoop, Owner and Operator, Tomahawk Fishing Charters

Dr. Edward Osborne (E.O) Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University