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Sean RussellDirector (2018-2021)

Sean Russell has dedicated his professional career to empowering young people with the tools and motivation they need to become involved in conservation initiatives. After graduating from the University of Florida in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Sean has worked with a diverse set of corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations to elevate the roll of youth leadership in the fields of marine science, education, and conservation.

Sean is the founder and director of the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit, an annual event held at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL which is also replicated by youth leaders in cities across the United States in partnership with conservation organizations. Through this program, Sean works to empower young people with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to address ocean conservation issues in their local communities. Currently Sean serves as the Program Manager for the EarthEcho Water Challenge, a global citizen science initiative that has activated over 1.5 million youth and community members to monitor water quality and take action to protect water resources in 146 countries. He also works with SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment where he coordinates the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Youth Advisory Council. Previously Sean has served in roles leading hands on marine education, conservation, and research programs with Mote Marine Laboratory and Georgia Sea Grant. He is a recipient of the Brower Youth Award, Peter Benchley Ocean Award, and Sarasota Bay Estuary Program Blue Dolphin Award for his conservation work. In his spare time Sean enjoys hiking, kayaking, SCUBA diving, traveling, and photography.

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