At the heart of our remarkable blue community are the people that help drive it forward. Our faculty members are multi-talented individuals & activists who have a genuine love for the ocean and intimate connection with the issues that face it’s health and with that the health of the planet.
David Helvarg is Executive Director of Blue Frontier and the author of six books: Blue Frontier, The War Against the Greens, 50 Ways to Save the Ocean, Rescue Warriors, Saved by the Sea and The Golden Shore. He is editor of the Ocean and Coastal Conservation Guide, organizer of ‘Blue Vision’ Summits for ocean activists and the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards (co-hosted with Wendy Benchley), and winner of Coastal Living Magazine’s 2005 Leadership Award and the 2007 Herman Melville Literary Prize.
Helvarg worked as a war correspondent in Northern Ireland and Central America, covered a range of issues from military science to the AIDS epidemic, and reported from every continent including Antarctica. An award-winning journalist, he produced more than 40 broadcast documentaries for PBS, The Discovery Channel, and others. His print work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, LA Times, Smithsonian, National Geographic, Popular Science, Sierra, and Parade. He’s done radio work for Marketplace, AP radio, and Pacifica. He has led workshops for journalists in Poland, Turkey, Tunisia, Slovakia and Washington DC. He is a licensed Private Investigator, body-surfer and scuba diver.
Jaime D. Sigarán
National Outreach Manager
Jaime D. Sigarán is the National Outreach Manager at Blue Frontier Campaign. He is an ocean advocate dedicated to turning the tide against overfishing and marine debris. In his former position at The Ocean Foundation, Jaime brought innovative ocean ideas to life. Having worked on 55+ marine projects with partners around the world, he captured emerging stories, shared new discoveries, and promoted a sustainable vision for a healthy blue planet.
As a former ocean policy fellow at Marine Conservation Institute in 2015, he lobbied members of Congress to defend America's blue parks, stop pirate fishing, and increase funding for marine national monuments. Jaime graduated from Vermont Law School with a Master’s in Environmental Law and Policy and earned his B.A. in Government and Public Policy from the University of Baltimore. Jaime is a native Spanish-speaker and originally from Silver Spring, Maryland.
Field Organizer and Ocean Explorer
Margo has a BA in Labor Studies from Rutgers University. She is a life-long Jersey Gal who group up in an ocean loving family. Out of concern for the state of our ocean and what that means for the future of her children, she became a paddling ocean activist. Armed with David Helvarg’s “50 Ways to Save the Ocean” and a paddle, she feels that her outreach can be yet another tool in the toolbox to bring our ocean and water to the forefront of issues on which our great nation should focus. She believes that our country can and should take a leadership in ocean stewardship for the benefit of the global community and our children and generations to follow.