Aspen High Seas Initiative Team

Michael Conathan
Executive Director


Ingrid Irigoyen
Deputy Director


Members: 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

Paul Baribault, Vice President, Walt Disney Studio; Disney & Pixar Animation: Marketing Operations and Strategy; Disneynature: Marketing and Production

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

John Bridgeland, Founder and CEO, Civic Enterprises; formerly: Member, White House Council for Community Solutions and Director, White House Domestic Policy Council, Assistant to the President of the United States, and first Director of the USA Freedom Corps

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

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

General Stanley McChrystal, General (retired), United States Army; Managing Partner, McChrystal Group

The Honorable George Mitchell, former United States Senator and Senate Majority Leader (D-ME); former United States Special Envoy for Middle East Peace

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

David Shaw, Blackpoint Group; Patron of Nature, International Union for the Conservation of Nature

Brian Skerry, award-winning photojournalist, National Geographic Magazine

Buddy Vanderhoop, Owner and Operator, Tomahawk Fishing Charters

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