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.
Victoria is the Associate Director at the Blue Frontier Campaign. She is an avid diver, ocean enthusiast, and a recipient of a master's degree in International Environmental Policy specializing in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management from The Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California.
Her work experiences include multiple overseas fellowships in Madagascar, Micronesia, and Honduras as well as time in D.C. focusing on ocean policy, marine protected area management, and illegal fishing issues.
Field Organizer / 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.
Lauren started her career in 1984 as the Philadelphia Area Canvass Director for the League of Conservation Voters. In 1987 she launched Citizens for Consumer Justice (CCJ) a multi-issue statewide organization and founding Pennsylvania affiliate of USAction. CCJ worked with and convened powerful winning coalitions, and received significant local and national press attention for its work on consumer rights, health care, and social justice issues.
Lauren has received the Jobs with Justice Solidarity Award and the Coalition of Labor Union Women: Organizing and Working for Social Justice Award.
Lauren's organizational skills have benefited her current and recent clients that include: New Jersey League of Conservation Voters; Conservation Voters of PA; Clean Ocean Action; New Jersey Outdoor Alliance, Point Pleasant Charter Boat Association; People’s Climate March/350.org; and Rockefeller Family Fund; and Sustainable Markets Foundation.