About Us

Board of Directors

Mark J. Spalding - Chair and President

Mark J. Spalding is a member of the Steering Committee of the Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Initiative. Mark is an active participant in the marine working group, Ocean Acidification collaborative, Baja California group, and coral reef group of the funders' organization, the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity. He serves as an advisor Eco-Allianza and Surfrider international and on the International Bering Sea Forum.  He is the former chair of the Council of the National Whale Conservation Fund. He has consulted for the Alaska Conservation Foundation, San Diego Foundation, the International Community Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Fundación La Puerta, and a number of family foundations. He designed and managed the Orca Fund. He has served as a member of the Environmental Grants Advisory Committee of FINCOMUN (Tijuana, Mexico’s Community Foundation).

Mark, who has been practicing law and acting as a policy consultant for 25 years, was the chair of the environmental law section of the California State Bar Association from 1998-1999.  From 1994 to 2003 Mark was the Director of the Environmental Law and Civil Society Program, and Editor of the Journal of Environment and Development, at the Graduate School of International Relations & Pacific Studies (IR/PS), University of California at San Diego.  In addition to lecturing at IR/PS, Mark has taught at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD's Muir College, UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy, and University of San Diego's School of Law. Mark helped design some of the most significant ocean conservation campaigns in recent years. He is an experienced and successful facilitator at the international level.  He brings his extensive experience with the legal and policy aspects of ocean conservation to the Foundation's grantmaking strategy and evaluation process.  He holds a B.A. in history with Honors from Claremont McKenna College, a J.D. from Loyola Law School, and a Master in Pacific International Affairs (MPIA) from IR/PS.

Wolcott Henry - TOF Founding Chair and Secretary

Wolcott Henry (Chairman and President, The Curtis & Edith Munson Foundation and The Henry Foundation) has been a leader in marine philanthropy for more than twenty-five years, co-founding the original Marine Funders Working Group, and promoting the creation of NGO programs to address previously under-served ocean issues. Wolcott currently serves on the boards of EarthEcho International and WWF Philippines. Past chairman of the National Philanthropic Trust, he has also been a director of The World Wildlife Fund-US, The Ocean Conservancy, the International League of Conservation Photographers and Divers Alert Network, and served on a number of advisory boards. As a photographer, he has produced three books with Dr. Sylvia Earle for National Geographic and contributed photographs for use by an array of non-profit organizations, such as the Sant Ocean Hall at the Smithsonian Institution. He continues to promote the use of quality photography to further marine conservation issues through projects such as Marine Photobank. He is a graduate of Denison University with an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. 

Angel Braestrup

Angel Braestrup (Executive Director, The Curtis & Edith Munson Foundation) has been involved in ocean conservation funding for more than 20 years. She also serves as program director for The Henry Foundation.  From 2005-2008, Angel was the co-chair of the Marine Funders Working Group of the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity, on whose board she now serves. She serves as Chair of the Board of the Norcross Wildlife Foundation and the Board of the Center for Agricultural Partnerships.  She is a former board member of the Association of Small Foundations, and a member of the steering committee of the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network. Angel worked for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1982-1989, specializing in transportation, energy, agriculture, water resources, and other environment issues. Prior to becoming executive director, Angel served as editor of the Munson Foundation's bimonthly newsletter, Conservation Digest.

J. Thomas McMurray, Ph.D. (Emeritus)

J. Thomas McMurray, Ph.D. (Chairman and President, Marine Ventures Foundation) is an active private investor in early stage technology and environmental companies. From 1990-1998, Dr. McMurray was a general partner at Sequoia Capital, which invested in companies including Cisco Systems, Yahoo! and Google. Currently, Tom serves on the Board of Visitors for the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and is the Chairman for Evoapp, a for profit company in NC. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and received his Ph.D. from there in 1980. 

Samantha Campbell

Samantha Campbell (President of The Campbell Foundation) grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and her first ties to the water were formed in nearby Ocean City during the summer. As a young girl, further explorations in travel to the Bahamas, Hawaii, the West Indies, Australia, the Florida Keys, and Central America solidified Samantha’s interest in the marine environment.  Samantha attended Syracuse University and earned a BFA in Advertising Design.  She has had several careers that link to her work in advertising, as a food stylist and voiceover actor. In October of 2003, Samantha was offered the opportunity to develop a West Coast portfolio for the Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment, and in January of 2009, Samantha assumed the role of President of the Foundation, and is now responsible for grant oversight foundation-wide, as well as the core operational functions of the Foundation.  Stimulating interest and involvement in ocean conservation and approaching problems with a practical and straightforward style are some of Samantha’s commitments to her work as a grantmaker.

Ann Luskey

Ann Luskey has been passionate about conservation and protecting our environment for a number of years.  In addition to The Ocean Foundation she currently sits on the board of The African Wildlife Foundation, The Whaleman Foundation, the Africa Channel and The City Kids to Wilderness Project. Ann graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in African Studies and Psychology, and also earned her degree in Interior Design from Marymont University.  In 1994 Ann started her own design firm, now known as InDesign. Ann worked in residential and commercial design, and did pro-bono work for schools and non-profits.  Her most recent project is her current home in Bethesda, Maryland. It is a “Net-Zero” home creating enough energy to be self-sufficient as well as generating surplus energy, which is returned to the grid and distributed within the community.   Ann is also President and Executive Producer of the “Oceans Are Talking” project.  Ann and her three children currently split time between their home in Bethesda and living on their Motor Yacht, Sirenuse.  Spending time with her children, traveling on their boat, ‘green and sustainable’ Interior Design, and doing Philanthropic/Volunteer work are her favorite pastimes. Ann’s favorite places: almost any country in Africa, and in or under the Ocean or Sea.

Kristin Rechberger

Kristin Rechberger is founder and CEO of Dynamic Planet, an organization that designs, implements, and scales successful conservation and humanitarian projects. Kristin is an entrepreneur with expertise in identifying patterns in global conservation and development issues, assessing organizational and program environments, securing major financing and operational partners, producing compelling storytelling, and connecting political leaders, business leaders, and media for effective outreach and engagement.

Prior to founding Dynamic Planet, Kristin was Senior Vice President of Global Programs and Partnerships at the National Geographic Society, where over her 14 years she helped lead its global expansion by launching and growing its international cable channels, its global corporate partnerships division, and its global research, conservation, and exploration programs. Prior to National Geographic, Kristin lived in Seoul, Korea as a Luce Foundation Fellow then traveled extensively throughout Asia for four more years, designing educational systems and producing documentary films and educational materials. In 2009 Kristin was selected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, where she currently serves on the Advisory Council and is involved with several working groups including oceans, the shared economy, and the future of global development.

Kristin has a public policy degree and documentary film certificate from Duke University.

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