Initially joining LAMI as volunteer crew, Michael loves inviting others to share in the unique joy and discovery LAMI offers young people as LAMI’s Director of Development. Michael’s passion for the ocean is at the heart of his diverse professional experience and expertise, including marine science education and research, environmental conservation advocacy, nonprofit program directing, and nonprofit strategic development. At the age of 7, while growing up in Washington, DC, Michael’s main outlet to the outdoors was through learning how to sail with his Dad, with missteps being the best teacher! Michael fell in love with the ocean and has ever since made a life of learning from it and sharing it with others. Michael studied the ocean and its wildlife as a working scuba diver for NOAA and a Research Associate at the Marine Science Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He lectured at UCSB in marine biology and taught marine science for Northeastern’s Three Seas Program in Jamaica and aboard a tall ship for Sea Education Association. Michael led marine science research in the Caribbean for UCSB and marine conservation advocacy as Director of Marine Programs for the nonprofit Santa Barbara Channelkeeper. He went on to support marine conservation as Executive Director of the Code Blue Foundation and was an independent consultant to business and nonprofit organizations on strategy and development. Michael holds a Master’s in Marine Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from UCSB, an MBA from Pepperdine University, and a Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Executive Program. Michael volunteers for the outdoor experiential program, Wilderness Youth Project, and loves snorkeling, surfing, sailing, and any chance to get salty and sandy with his family.