Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
Founder of the think tank Urban Ocean Lab, founder and CEO of the consultancy Ocean Collectiv.

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, founder and CEO of the consultancy Ocean Collectiv, a consulting firm for conservation solutions, and founder of the think tank Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank for the future of coastal cities.  Previously, she was executive director of the Waitt Institute, developed policy at the EPA and NOAA, and was a leader of the March for Science.

Dr. Johnson earned a BA from Harvard University in environmental science and public policy, and a Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in marine biology. She has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and The Guardian, and she blogs on Scientific American. She was named one of Elle’s 27 Women Leading on Climate. Outside Magazine called her “the most influential marine biologist of our time.” Her mission is to build community around solutions to our climate crisis.