Doing it Right - Healing the Ocean and Building the Blue Economy
Experts, educators and advocates discuss our most important planetary resource, the ocean.
The Broad Stage is partnering with Santa Monica College's Public Policy Institute to present a panel discussion about the ocean, carbon, the blue economy, conservation and more. Join award winning science journalist, Alanna Mitchell, Terry Tamminen, CEO of the AltaSea organization and former Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency, and Heal the Bay water quality scientist, educator and advocate, Annelisa Moe, for this robust conversation moderated by Santa Monica College’s Patricia Ramos, Dean of Academic Affairs, and Shari Davis, Co Director of the Public Policy Institute.
SEA SICK- Science Journalist, Writer and Performer
Alanna Mitchell is an award-winning Canadian author and journalist who writes about science and social trends. Her international best-selling book SeaSick: The Global Ocean in Crisis won the prestigious Grantham Prize for excellence in environmental journalism in 2010. With the help of The Theatre Centre’s artistic director Franco Boni and Why Not Theatre’s founding artistic director Ravi Jain, Mitchell turned SeaSick into a one-woman nonfiction play that she has performed across Canada and internationally, her first foray into theatre. She has written for the New York Times science section, National Geographic, Canadian Geographic, GQ Magazine India, Maclean’s Magazine, Broadview Magazine, the Globe and Mail Newspaper, the Toronto Star Newspaper and is an award-winning radio documentary-maker for CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks. Her fifth non-fiction book, The Spinning Magnet, about the Earth’s magnetic field, came out in 2018. She has written a new play about the nature of truth. It is called Cocktails. https://alannamitchell.com/
HEAL THE BAY - Water Quality Scientist
Annelisa helps to keep L.A. water clean and safe by advocating for comprehensive and science-based water quality regulation and enforcement. Before joining the team at Heal the Bay, she worked with the Regional Water Quality Control Board in both the underground storage tank program and the surface water ambient monitoring program. Annelisa completed her master’s degree in geological sciences at CSU Northridge. In her free time she enjoys caving, canyoneering and scuba diving. https://healthebay.org/staff/annelisa-moe/
ALTASEA - Chief Executive Officer
From his youth in Australia to career experiences in Europe, Africa, China and across the United States, Terry has developed expertise in business, farming, education, non-profit, the environment, the arts, and government. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him Secretary of California Environmental Protection Agencyand later Cabinet Secretary, the Chief Policy Advisor to the Governor, where Terry was the architect of many groundbreaking sustainability policies, including California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, the Hydrogen Highway Network, and the Million Solar Roofs initiative. In 2010 Terry co-founded the R20 Regions of Climate Action, a new public-private partnership, bringing together sub national governments; businesses; financial markets; NGOs; and academia to implement measurable, large-scale, low-carbon and climate resilient economic development projects that can simultaneously solve the climate crisis and build a sustainable global economy. He also provides advice through 7th Generation Advisors to Pegasus Capital Advisors, the Green Climate Fund and numerous global businesses on sustainability and “green” investing, as well as assisting governments and philanthropists with climate solutions, including Fiji, India, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. An accomplished author, Terry’s books include “Cracking the Carbon Code: The Keys to Sustainable Profits in the New Economy” (Palgrave Macmillan). In 2011, Terry was one of six finalists for the Zayed Future Energy Prize and The Guardian ranked Terry No. 1 in its “Top 50 People Who Can Save the Planet.”
PATRICIA G. RAMOS, Ed.D.
Dean of Academic Affairs, Santa Monica College
Dr. Patricia Ramos holds the position of Academic Affairs Dean at Santa Monica College (SMC) one of the nation’s premier community colleges, serving nearly 30,000 students annually. As the administrative leader in Academic Affairs over Career Education, she assists the College by developing partnerships with business & industry, labor, NGO’s, and other educational institutions, to align SMC’s career technical education programs to the current and projected workforce needs of the Los Angeles region and the State of California. Her civic engagement spans over two decades. Dr. Ramos has served as an appointed official as a member of the Woman’s Commission and the L.A. County Workforce Development Board. She is the Dean at the SMC’s Center for Media & Design (CMD) located in the heart of “Silicon Beach.” The CMD prepares students for careers in media, design, and technology fields such as entertainment technology, graphic design, interior architectural design, film production, broadcasting, journalism, and the only community college bachelor degree program in interaction design (IxD). She serves on educational and workforce committees at local, state, and national levels. Dr. Ramos was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees for Alta Sea at the Port of Los Angeles to help advance the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods,and jobs while preserving the health of the ocean ecosystem. She holds a doctorate from the University of Southern California.
Co Director of the Public Policy Institute, Santa Monica College
Shari Davis is Co-Director of the Santa Monica College Public Policy Institute and an Adjunct Professor of Political Science, teaching “Introduction to Public Policy” since Spring 2013. Professor Davis is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School, where she earned a Master’s in Public Policy degree, co-chaired the student government and served on Harvard’s Institute of Politics Student Advisory Committee; and USC, where she majored in Political Science and Public Relations and was a student-athlete.
A long-time education and youth advocate, she chairs the community-based political committee, Community for Excellent Public Schools; serves on the Board of Directors of The Children’s Partnership, a nonprofit children’s advocacy organization; and has served on the boards of numerous organizations related to addressing homelessness, affordable housing, and early childhood wellbeing. https://www.smc.edu/directory/davis-shari.php