Staff & Board of Directors
Lorenzo Puertas has worked in management, fundraising, program development, and strategic planning for nonprofits and social-impact businesses -- most recently with the Baja Dolphin Project in La Paz, Mexico. Before his work in the nonprofit world, he was an entrepreneur who started his first company at age 22. He brings a business sensibility to the non-profit world, and now considers himself a "salesman for the ocean".
Lorenzo earned a degree in philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley, and a master's degree in traditional Chinese medicine from the Academy of Chinese Health Sciences. He is fully bilingual in English and Spanish, and speaks a little Cantonese and Mandarin too. He is a sailor with a deep love of the ocean.
Chair, Board of Directors
Anna Macken is a business consultant with training in economics, business management and accounting. Anna earned a degree in Business Economics, and a Masters in Business Administration from Mills College. Aside from her formal training she has an interest in design, aesthetics and photography and currently runs a design practice in Oakland, California.
Anna is a long-time surfer, and once owned a surf shop in Santa Cruz, California. She brings her love of the ocean and her business skills to our board.
Board of Directors
Elizabeth Pereda is Advocacy Fellow at the International Justice Mission, working to stop sexual violence and human trafficking in Guatemala. Elizabeth has a strong interest in community development and the intersection of human needs and environmental responsibility.
She entered nonprofit work after a 13-year career in the United States Marine Corps, where she worked in logistics and occupational safety. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and a degree in Community Development from Biola University in Los Angeles.
Board of Directors
Brenda Elwood is a PLM program manager who has worked in civil engineering, wind power, and electronics. From her work at Makani Power, she developed a strong interest in the application of engineering and high technology to environmental problems.
Brenda earned a master's degree in Library and Information Science at San Jose State University, and her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota, Mankato.