Oceans 5 includes new and experienced philanthropists with a common inspiration for collaborative, results-oriented grantmaking. We share a desire to secure tangible improvements in global ocean health, while also strengthening ocean conservation philanthropy.
Who We Are
PARTNERS, MEMBERS, & STAFF
Addison FischerCo-founder and President Planet Heritage Foundation (PHF)Close
Mr. Fischer is the Co-founder and President of Planet Heritage Foundation (PHF), which is devoted to protecting the environment by leading and supporting effective strategic collaborations.
In his professional life, Mr. Fischer is a computer entrepreneur, the Founder of VeriSign and was formerly the co-owner of Duquesne Capital Management with Mr. Stanley Druckenmiller until Mr Druckenmiller retired in 2010.
PHF launched Oceans 5 in 2011 with the other Partner foundations as a means to grant collectively and more strategically, as well as give newer funders a safe and trusted place to invest.
The foundation recently funded two new climate change initiatives, one called Energetics which has the primary goal of identifying and promoting game-changing technology solutions, as well as a project at Stanford University’s Global Project Center, which seeks to better understand how impact/philanthropic capital can more effectively interface with for-profit capital.
Other PHF initiatives and projects include: the Electrification Coalition — a nonpartisan alliance of business leaders committed to promoting electric vehicles on a mass scale; the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust which PHF spearheaded a funders’ circle around; and, the TED Mission Blue Voyage to fulfill Dr. Sylvia Earle’s TED Wish, whereby 100 influential leaders gathered for a week seeking solutions to restore the health of the oceans.
Mr. Fischer serves as a director of The Jane Goodall Institute and the East West Institute, and is on the advisory boards of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), the Amazon Conservation Team and the Sylvia Earle Foundation.
Adrian AriasProgram Manager Oceans 5 Latin America and CaribbeanClose
Adrian develops and manages Oceans 5 projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. A native of Costa Rica, Adrian has worked in Latin America on a range of marine-related topics including fisheries, tourism, coastal reforestation, science communication, and marine spatial planning. Adrian holds a MSc and PhD from James Cook University in Australia where he studied at fishers’ compliance with marine protected areas. Adrian is passionate about contributing to marine conservation through pragmatic efforts that consider the environment and people’s wellbeing.
Anisa Kamadoli CostaChairman and President The Tiffany & Co. FoundationClose
Anisa Kamadoli Costa is a sustainability executive, philanthropy expert and coalition- builder. She is the Chairman and President of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation and Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) at Tiffany & Co., holding two distinct yet synergistic roles that embody Tiffany’s longstanding commitment to environmental and social responsibility. As CSO, Anisa directs Tiffany’s global sustainability agenda, improving global corporate standards, minimizing the company’s environmental impact and driving partnerships across the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Anisa complements this work through her role at the Foundation, where she oversees strategic grantmaking focused on responsible mining and coral conservation. Prior to joining Tiffany & Co., Anisa held positions at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, J.P. Morgan Chase and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.
Anisa serves on the board of directors of the American Swiss Foundation and Oceans 5, a funder collaborative dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans. She’s also a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee of Philanthropy New York, having previously served on its board. Anisa serves on the Advisory Board of the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) as well as Conservation International’s Leadership Council. In addition, Anisa belongs to the Founders’ Circle of the B Team, a nonprofit initiative that aims to reposition private industry as a driving force for social, environmental and economic good. She recently served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Mining & Metals, and as chair of the board of the Environmental Grantmakers Association.
Anisa holds a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College at Columbia University and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s SIPA.
Anne HenshawProgram Officer Oak Foundation Marine Conservation Close
Ann ColleyDirector of public relations and charitable giving Moore Capital ManagementClose
Director of public relations and charitable giving, Moore Capital Management, LP and Executive Director and Vice President, The Moore Charitable Foundation (MCF) and its affiliate foundations.
As the principal adviser to Moore Charitable founder and chairman, Louis Bacon, Ann has spent more than two decades guiding the foundation’s grant making and partnerships with many of the nation’s foremost conservation organizations. She also represents Moore Charitable in collaboration with local community organizations.
A native of North Carolina, Ann joined MCF in 1994 as its first executive director, after working in presidential, gubernatorial and congressional campaigns. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Waterkeeper Alliance, which MCF was instrumental in founding, and is on the board of the University of North Carolina’s Institute for the Environment. She is a member of The National Council of the Land Trust Alliance, Oceana’s Ocean Council, and Oceans 5.
Ann attended Hollins University and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She lives in New York City and has two sons.
Apple ChowProgram Manager Oceans 5Close
CHOW Yuen Ping (Apple) develops and manages Oceans 5 projects in Asia. Apple has worked for the past 14 years in environmental NGOs focusing on oceans and fisheries issues, especially on distant water fisheries and IUU. As a native Hong Konger, Apple has spent most of her time supporting NGOs' capacity building and campaign development in Asia. She recently facilitated the development of the first collaborative strategy on sustainable fishery in China. She also helped Greenpeace set up new offices and started the distant water fisheries campaign in Taiwan and South Korea in 2009 and 2012 respectively, including office set up, budgeting, recruiting and training of local staff, networking with media and local groups. She has witnessed the problems of modern fisheries including illegal transshipment and shark finning at seas during the expeditions in the Pacific. With her extensive experiences in RFMOs and international conferences, those IUU cases were put under spotlights and led to legislation reform in Asia.
Cindy MercerCo-founder and Vice President Planet Heritage FoundationClose
Cindy Mercer is an entrepreneur, impact investor/ philanthropist, and collaboration enthusiast. Cindy’s passion is connecting systems thinkers, original ideas, resources and knowhow seeking to solve critical global challenges.
Despite a prosperous career, Cindy recalls her initial philanthropic work involved “a deep learning curve.” More than two decades of hands on philanthropic experience has led Cindy to value the power of collaboration in building solutions that work for all stakeholders.
With Addison Fischer, Cindy Co-founded Planet Heritage Foundation: a grant and impact investing foundation focused on funding solutions to improve environment and health.
Cindy serves as a board member for Oceans 5, Kimbal Musk’s BIG GREEN, The Jane Goodall Institute, The Philanthropy Workshop, The National Center for Family Philanthropy, as well as an advisor to several donor education initiatives including the Raikes Foundation Impact-Driven Philanthropy Initiative.
Cherie Prothro-SheaManaging Director Waitt FoundationClose
Cherie Prothro-Shea is Managing Director of the Waitt Foundation where she cultivates and executes initiatives on behalf of the board of directors. Cherie began working for Mr. Ted Waitt at Gateway, Inc. nearly 20 years ago. In 2004, when Mr. Waitt retired from Gateway to focus full-time on his philanthropic interests at the Waitt Foundation, Cherie joined the team and helped define the future vision of the organization. In addition to oversight of daily operations and reporting, Cherie manages a diverse global portfolio of non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and the Waitt Rapid Ocean Conservation (ROC) small grants program.
With the launch of the Blue Prosperity Coalition, Cherie helps evaluate conservation opportunities and is closely involved in establishing international government relationships. She facilitates the development of a network bringing together world class technical experts to create customized partnerships for the purpose of advancing global ocean protections goals. Cherie has an extensive background in business and investor relations. Combining her corporate background with the conservation initiatives of the Foundation, Cherie provides a unique perspective to program development, management and effectiveness. A native Texan, Cherie resides in Southern California with her husband, Larry.
Chris KillingsworthVice President Wyss Foundation Close
Cordell BrownDirector, Sponsored Projects and Funds Rockefeller Philanthropy AdvisorsClose
Cordell joined RPA in February 2017. He leads a team of professionals in the Sponsored Projects and Funds practice, and assumes overall operating responsibility for a wide range of RPA’s sponsored projects. He ensures the effectiveness and efficiency of operations, internal systems, policies and procedures. He is a resource and strategic advisor to Oceans 5, other RPA projects, and donors on a variety of organization and management issues.
Cordell comes to RPA with a strong quantitative and qualitative background in strategic planning, sophisticated metric and trend analysis, and program/project management. He brings over seven years of experience in nonprofit leadership, serving as Vice-Chairman of the Board and Strategic Planning Officer of CapraCare, an organization dedicated to providing health services and community development in Haiti. Previously, an Assistant Vice President at MetLife, Cordell held a broad range of diverse roles. As a senior leader in Strategic Planning, he was responsible for driving and implementing strategic planning policies and processes, monitoring performance against plan, and supporting significant initiatives that drive results. Prior to that, he was a Leadership & Management Development Director, where he helped transform the MetLife culture from a mutual company to a high-performance public company, coaching over 1600 senior and executive leaders. His other prior responsibilities included IT Strategy & Planning Director, Strategic Human Resources Director, and IT Project Manager.
Cordell serves on the boards of CapraCare, Inc. and is Vice-President of Diving For Life, Inc. He is a Fordham University graduate, who received a double-major B.A. degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, then a double-major MBA in Management, and Information & Communications Systems, graduating summa cum laude and first in his class. He also holds a Certificate in Executive Nonprofit Leadership from the Fordham Graduate School of Social Service and is a certified Facilitator, from Development Dimensions International. Cordell is a native New Yorker who enjoys travel, downhill skiing, and SCUBA diving around the world.
Emily SmallOperations Director Vibrant Oceans InitiativeClose
Emily Small is the Operations Director for the Vibrant Oceans Initiative, a project of Bloomberg Philanthropies. She is responsible for supporting VOF strategy, grantmaking operations, and performance and evaluation. Prior to joining VOF, Emily was the Executive Director of Strategic Operations at the New York City’s Department of Administrative Services, where she led the agency’s performance management and data governance strategy, and managed projects designed to improve agency operations. From 2009 through 2016, she worked on energy efficiency programs for the City and State of New York for 6 years, first supporting and leading the strategy for reducing emissions from New York City Government Operations, and then leading the program performance and evaluation strategy for energy services programs at the New York Power Authority (NYPA). Emily graduated from Williams College and received a master’s degree in public administration with a focus in environmental science and policy from Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs.
Heather ZichalExecutive Director Blue Prosperity CoalitionClose
Heather Zichal was the Vice President of corporate engagement for the Nature Conservancy (TNC), coordinating engagement with multi-lateral corporations to advance innovative industry approaches to some of the world’s most complex sustainability challenges. Prior to joining TNC, Heather served as the President of her DC-based consulting firm, focused on building out corporate sustainability programs for Fortune 500 companies and providing strategic advice to environmental NGO’s.
Heather also served as the lead Obama White House aide on energy and climate issues. In her role as the Deputy Assistant to the President for energy and climate change, she was instrumental in the design and execution of the Climate Action Plan and a champion of smart, pragmatic climate policy. From negotiating the country’s first ever mercury standard to the historic fuel economy standards, Heather was able to break the mold by bringing industry to the table and advancing policies with broad stakeholder buy in from states, businesses, environmental groups and more. She got to know Obama when she was the environmental policy lead on his 2008 campaign. She also has extensive experience on Capitol Hill, including working as former Massachusetts Democratic Sen. John Kerry's legislative director and for two Members in the House of Representatives, including Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.
Heather is an Iowa native and graduate of Rutgers University.
J. Charles FoxExecutive Director Oceans 5Close
Chuck coordinates Oceans 5 on behalf of its Partners and Members. Prior to joining Oceans 5, he served in senior positions with federal and state governments, as well as nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. He served as the Assistant Administrator for Water at the US Environmental Protection Agency and as the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Fox also directed the international ocean conservation programs for the Pew Charitable Trusts and served with several conservation organizations including American Rivers, Friends of the Earth and the Environmental Policy Institute. Fox is viewed as a thoughtful, results-oriented manager with 30 years of experience in the field.
Herbert “Beto” BedolfeExecutive Director Marisla FoundationClose
Beto is the executive director of the Marisla Foundation where he has focused on international biodiversity conservation, protection of the marine environment and environmental health since 1992.
Prior to his current responsibilities, Mr. Bedolfe directed programs for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), primarily in West and Southern Africa. He has lived in the Cape Verde Islands and Mozambique and, with the World Bank and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he implemented short-term assignments in Guinea Bissau and Sao Tome-Principe. From 1977 – 80, he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay. Beto served for six years as chair of the board of directors of Oceana, an international marine conservation organization, and he is also a member of the board of directors of the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) Environment Fund. Previously he served as a board member and the treasurer of the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity. Mr. Bedolfe earned his B.A. degree from Swarthmore College and his Master’s of Business Administration from California Lutheran University. He resides in Southern California and is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.
Jim AngellDirector of Conservation and Board Member Paul M. Angell Family FoundationClose
Jim’s work at the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation focuses primarily on supporting efforts to protect and conserve the world's ocean habitats, coral reefs, and apex predators whose survival is imperiled by overfishing and global climate change.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Jim worked as an attorney for nearly two decades for Earthjustice, a public interest environmental law firm. As an attorney in Earthjustice’s Bozeman, Montana office, and later as the managing attorney in the organization’s Denver, Colorado office, he litigated and directed numerous cases whose goals were to protect the landscapes and endangered species of the American west, and to preserve the clean air and water upon which the region’s residents depend.
Jim has degrees from Columbia College (BA), the University of California at Los Angeles (MA), and the University of California at Berkeley (JD). Jim lives in Denver, Colorado with his two sons, of whom he is inordinately proud.
Jennifer HolyerAdministrator Oceans 5Close
Jennifer assists Oceans 5 with grants, invoices, calendars, meetings, and other administrative support. Prior to joining Oceans 5 in 2017, Jen worked in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem conserving large predators and their habitats through education and fundraising. A sailor and fly fisherman originally from the Gulf Coast, she is passionate about oceans, water, and conservation of resources. Through nonprofit grant-seeking, board membership, and project management, she has been fortunate to make a small difference in big causes, and continues to learn and contribute to the world of conservation through her work with Oceans 5.
Kathryn MengerinkExecutive Director Waitt InstituteClose
Dr. Kathryn Mengerink leads a team of ocean experts in developing and implementing marine spatial planning. She brings both her PhD in marine biology and law degree to bear in undertaking this effort. When not at the La Jolla office, you can typically find Kathryn at one of the Waitt Institute project sites around the world, either in a meeting or in the water. Working globally, the Waitt Institute, a San Diego-based non-profit, works in partnership with Governments to achieve marine protection and blue economy growth through marine spatial planning.
From 2006 -2016 Kathryn served as Director of the Ocean Program at the Environmental Law Institute. Under her leadership, the Ocean Program launched law and policy projects related to regional ocean management, coastal zoning, fisheries management and enforcement, aquaculture, ocean and coastal restoration, offshore energy development, marine protection, Alaska Natives rights and ocean management, environmental DNA, deep seabed mining and more. From 2007-2016, Kathryn served as a Lecturer Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where she taught ocean law and policy and served as an advisor to the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation. She holds a B.S. in Zoology (Texas A&M University), Ph.D. in Marine Biology from SIO (UC San Diego) and a J.D. with a certificate in Environmental Law from University of California, Berkeley.
Kristian ParkerChairman Oak FoundationClose
Mr. Parker is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Oak Foundation and a member of its founding family. He has directed the Oak Foundation’s environment program since its inception in 1998 and has worked full time for the program since 2003. The Oak Foundation’s environment program dedicates a majority of its resources to two of the world’s biggest challenges: climate change and collapsing fishing stocks. Parker has launched several funder Collaboratives in these areas with great success. He is both a British and Danish citizen, born in Aalborg, Denmark and raised in Switzerland. He graduated from Colby College and received a Doctorate in Environmental Sciences from the Duke Marine Laboratory. From 2001 to 2002 Parker held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Kewalo Marine Laboratory in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is also Chairman of the Board of Oceana and a founding board member of the European Climate Foundation.
Meg CaldwellDeputy Director, Oceans The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Close
Melissa WrightEnvironment Program Member Bloomberg PhilanthropiesClose
Melissais a member of the Environment Program at Bloomberg Philanthropies where she leads the team’s oceans initiatives and supports other program efforts.
Prior to joining the Philanthropy, Melissa was the Director of the City Energy Project – an initiative to cut energy waste in large buildings and make U.S. cities healthier and more prosperous through energy efficiency. Melissa worked on energy and climate issues in Mayor Bloomberg’s Administration for six years. During this time, she served at both the New York City Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability as well as the DCAS Division of Energy Management where she was responsible for implementation of the PlaNYC initiative to reduce municipal greenhouse gas emissions. She also spent time in development and membership engagement at Greenbelt Alliance in San Francisco. Melissa holds a master’s degree of public administration in environmental policy and science from Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs where she is now an Adjunct Professor. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Oberlin College and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Mike LightFounder and Director Stellar Blue FundClose
Mike is an environmentally-focused artist. He is the founder and director of the Stellar Blue Fund, a marine conservation organization with an emphasis on international MPAs and high-seas governance.
Mike has made a career in the visual arts by metaphorically and literally putting himself in extreme landscape spaces and then examining their meanings, often in in terms of American power and culture. He has exhibited globally, and his work has been collected by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Getty Research Institute, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The New York Public Library, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, among others.
For the last seventeen years, Mike has aerially photographed over settled and unsettled areas of American space, pursuing themes of mapping, vertigo, human impact on the land, and various aspects of geologic time and the sublime. A private pilot and Guggenheim Fellow, he is currently working on an extended survey of the arid Western states. Radius Books published the first of a multi-volume series of this work, , in 2009. The second, , was released in 2011. The third, , was published in 2015.
Light is also known for his archive-based works. His first, (1999), used lunar geological survey imagery made by the Apollo astronauts to show the moon both as a sublime desert and an embattled point of first human contact. (2003), focused on the politics and landscape meanings of military photographs of U.S. atmospheric nuclear detonations from 1945 to 1962.
Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Amherst College and a Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. He has lived in the Bay Area since 1986.
Marilyn HeimanProgram Director Vibrant Oceans InitiativeClose
Marilyn Heiman has over 30 years of experience working for and with governments, NGOs, corporations, foundations and tribes to solve complex natural resource challenges and protect hundreds of millions of acres of land and ocean. She is presently the Program Director for the Vibrant Oceans Initiative, a project of Bloomberg Philanthropies. From 2016-2017 she worked as the Director of the National Ocean Protection Coalition created to advocate for national marine monuments and other ocean protections. From January 2009 to November 2015, she was the Director of the U.S. Arctic Program for the Pew Charitable Trusts. Prior to this she worked in several roles including Manager of Pew's International Boreal Forest Conservation Campaign, Senior Advisor to Interior Secretary Babbitt, and Oceans and Natural Resources Special assistant to Alaska Governor Knowles. She also worked as staff to the Exxon-Valdez Oil Spill Commission and the Alaska Legislature’s House Natural Resources Committee. Marilyn holds a B.S. in Political Economy of Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the 2015 recipient of the Alaska Conservation Foundation’s Olas Murie award for Outstanding Professional Contributions.
Ryan BidwellProtected Areas Program Officer Wyss Foundation Close
Samara RudolphDirector, Global Sustainability & Philanthropy Tiffany & Co.Close
Samara Rudolph serves as Director of Global Sustainability & Philanthropy at Tiffany & Co. Through this role, she addresses a broad range of topics, including responsible sourcing, climate change, human rights and philanthropy, working within Tiffany & Co., as well as more broadly, through industry and multi-stakeholder initiatives. Since joining Tiffany & Co. in 2007, Samara has also been involved in driving The Tiffany & Co. Foundation’s strategic grantmaking in coral and marine conservation as well as responsible mining. Samara holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Barnard College/Columbia University in New York.
Sara LowellProgram Manager Latin America & CaribbeanClose
Sara Lowell is a long-time ocean philanthropist and board member of the Marisla Foundation. She also is the Foundation’s Marine Conservation Program Director and oversees efforts to create marine protected areas, advance sustainable fisheries, and protect coastal lands in California, Hawaii, Baja California, Chile, and the broader Pacifi
Seth HorstmeyerProgram Director Oceans 5Close
Seth manages the marine protected area (MPA) portfolio for Oceans 5. Prior to joining Oceans 5 Seth worked for the past 17 years defending key domestic environmental laws, promoting new conservation policies, and creating MPAs globally. Most recently, Seth served as a director for the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Ocean Legacy project where he worked to create marine reserves in Chile, France, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, the U.K. and the U.S. He has also worked on many other conservation issues throughout his career including climate change, energy efficiency, water quality, endangered species, forest protection and sustainable fisheries. Seth holds a bachelor's degree in geology from Miami University of Ohio.
Shannon JoyDirector Joy Family FoundationClose
Shannon serves as Director of the Joy Family Foundation, which focuses on the protection of our marine ecosystems and the biodiversity and conservation of our ocean. She serves on the boards of SEAlliance/Mission Blue, working with Dr. Sylvia Earle and with Peter Knights of WildAid.
Shannon grew up on a farm in rural Michigan then studied Political Science at University of Colorado, Boulder. After college she traveled extensively and spent three years working and living in the home of the late artist Robert Rauschenberg in NYC. This amazing gift of beauty and exposure to the world of visual arts, dance and creative innovation formed the foundation of her career going forward. She studied at the National Holistic Institute, Berkeley and worked for two decades in the healing arts. She has also photographed and worked with groups in Cambodia, Scott Neeson of the Cambodian Children’s Fund and Dr. Nancy Hendrie of The Sharing Foundation.
Shannon and her husband Bill spent 5 years building the energy efficient sailboat Ethereal, which is often used as an ocean conservation platform for education, research and film. Bill and Shannon live in Northern California and Colorado; they have four children.
Ted WaittCo-founder and former Chairman and CEO Gateway, Inc.Close
Ted helped revolutionize how people use technology to live, work, and play through pioneering the direct marketing of personal computers.
Labeled a maverick by national business publications, he has since gone on to form multiple enterprises: Avalon Capital Group, Inc., Avalon Pictures, Waitt Foundation, Waitt Institute, and Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention. Ted oversees all Waitt Foundation and Waitt Institute efforts and is actively engaged in each project from conception to completion. He believes that the depletion of ocean resources is one of the biggest challenges of our generation. Over the past 10 years, he has dedicated the bulk of his time and resources to the cause of ocean conservation. As Chairman of the Waitt Foundation, Ted was a founding partner and serves as board member of Oceans 5.
Trevor BaconProgram Officer The Moore Charitable Foundation Marine ProgramsClose
Trevor is responsible for developing and implementing grantmaking for MCF marine programs with Panama and the Bahamas as areas of focus. Moore Charitable’s marine program supports the conservation of marine resources for the benefit of current and future generations with a grantmaking approach that is community-based and site-specific. Trevor manages grantee relationships and works closely with other marine funders on the creation and implementation of innovative solutions to persistent marine conservation problems. He has a strategic concentration on sustained research and conservation efforts on overexploited and vulnerable species, including sharks and cetaceans, as well as the protection of specific marine ecosystems.