WildAid Marine is comprised of a team of technical experts who work collaboratively with on-the-ground partners to strengthen enforcement of priority marine areas.
Marine Program Director
As WildAid Marine’s Program Director, Meaghan Brosnan is working to make the promise of marine protection real. She has worked for over 15 years to reduce illegal fishing activity around the world, and is an expert in domestic and international fisheries management, compliance, and enforcement. She spent four years at-sea enforcing fisheries law and served as the deputy chief of the Coast Guard’s Living Marine Resources Enforcement program. Meaghan was also the lead manager of the Pew Charitable Trusts’ End Illegal Fishing Campaign. Additionally, she founded Exulans, Inc., a global consultancy providing compliance and enforcement solutions for ocean conservation to governments, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations. In these roles, Meaghan has worked in collaboration with senior government leaders and diverse public and private sector organizations in East Africa, Southeast Asia, the Western and Central Pacific, Central America, and the United States. Meaghan continues to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, leading an incident response team in the San Francisco Bay area.
Chief Program Officer
John leads and manages WildAid’s global programs including program strategy, institutional fundraising, and international program management. Since 2013, John has helped expand WildAid demand reduction campaigns in Asia and managed organizational growth with a doubling in staff, funding and budget. He brings valuable expertise from 15 years of leading and managing conservation programs in Southeast Asia and 12 years at Point Blue Conservation Science. John’s entrepreneurial spirit and hands-on attitude have helped launch innovative rural development projects in Thailand with pre-eminent social entrepreneur Mechai Viravaidya, manage a conservation program for the largest protected area in Laos, and establish an award-winning family planning program for the Vietnam Women’s Union. He also researched and edited a guidebook to Thai national parks and a coffee table book on Thai flora and fauna. During one watershed moment in recent Thai political history, John seized the opportunity to write speeches for Thailand’s former Prime Minister Anand Panyarachun. He speaks Thai, Lao and proficient Vietnamese.
Latin America Regional Director
Manuel has worked in biological conservation and coastal resources management for the last 25 years. As WildAid Marine’s Latin America Regional Director, he oversees the implementation of WildAid Marine’s program work throughout Latin America, including existing programs in the Galapagos Marine Reserve and network of coastal Ecuador MPAs, as well as launching new projects in Chile and Cuba. Prior to WildAid Marine, Manuel worked in various Ecuadorian governmental agencies: as the facilitator for the Participatory Management Council for the Galapagos Marine Reserve, General Director of Fisheries, General Director of Aquaculture, and Vice Minister of the Ministry of Environment, and he has spent the past 18 years focused on enforcement of MPAs and mangrove concessions. He holds a Master’s degree in Management of Bioaquatic Resources and the Environment, and is certified in sustainable development and coastal management.
Marine Program Manager
Silvia has worked to reduce illegal fishing and poaching in some of the world’s most vital marine habitats with WildAid’s Marine Program since 2016, with contributions leading to multimillion dollar grants and a 9x programmatic growth. Her responsibilities include program development, project planning and implementation, institutional fundraising, and the creation of WildAid’s Project Feasibility Index to assess prospective sites and the Marine Tracker to evaluate impact across marine projects. Silvia has a BA in Communication from Stanford University and an MA in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She is currently the chair of the NICU Patient & Family Advisory Committee at John Muir Health, and in her spare time loves traveling, writing, reading, yoga, and exploring California with her husband, son, and husky pup.
Senior Program Advisor
Marcel is an independent consultant advising WildAid Marine on its program expansion efforts, conducting due-diligence, assessment and implementation activities for the program. Previously Marcel was the WildAid Marine Program Director. Having worked in varying capacities both domestically and internationally for the past 15 years, he is seasoned in the design and management of complex humanitarian, development and marine conservation programs. Marcel joined WildAid in 2004 when he directed WildAid’s awareness campaigns in Ecuador, carried out investigative research on the shark fin trade and collaborated on small business initiatives with Galapagueños. He later served as the Deputy Executive Director where he provided financial and administrative oversight of SF Headquarters as WildAid grew from a $2m to $5m annual organization. Prior to joining WildAid, he worked in Nicaragua for five years in reconstruction projects following Hurricane Mitch. He has a BA in International Studies and a MPA in International Management and Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Marine Grants Officer
Carolyn works with WildAid’s Marine Program to support institutional fundraising for project sites. Carolyn has 20+ years working in ocean conservation and brings a strong understanding of the importance of MPAs and community-based coastal/fisheries management. Carolyn helped build and secure funding for the COMPASS California program, in conjunction with Stanford University, to improve science communication and public engagement in the implementation of MPA networks. With NOAA, Carolyn co-led an initiative of government agencies, universities, and NGOs to advance understanding of the connections between ocean/wildlife health and human health. She is co-author of The Death and Life of Monterey Bay: A Story of Revival and a contributing author to The Ocean: The Ultimate Handbook of Nautical Knowledge; Global Climate Change and Human Health: From Science to Practice, and national policy reports. Her work has been featured on NPR, PBS, BBC, and in National Geographic, SEVENSEAS and Sunset magazines. She loves to travel with her children to remote islands and share stories about intersection of culture, wildlife and sustainability.
Senior Enforcement Advisor
Gregg currently serves as Exulans Managing Director to promote sustainability and conservation of fishery resources by providing pragmatic advice and strategic solutions to organizations concerned with ocean sustainability. Marine conservation strategy development and execution is their core skill, with an expertise in the field of fisheries compliance and enforcement. He previously served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 20 years, specializing in fisheries enforcement.
Galápagos Project Manager
Diana has worked as WildAid Marine’s Galapagos Program Manager since 2013, managing projects and partner relationships in the Galapagos National Park. Trained as a biologist, her relationships with the park and extensive knowledge of marine species has helped WildAid Marine successfully implement and fundraise for enforcement work, such as the installation of the new AIS monitoring system, systematic training, community outreach initiatives, fisheries monitoring, and biosecurity program launch.
Coastal Ecuador Project Manager
Roddy has worked as WildAid Marine’s Coastal Ecuador Project Manager since January 2019 and is an expert in the management of coastal and marine protected areas. Trained as a civil engineer and with a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from the University of Pinar del Rio in Cuba, he has over 20 years of experience in MPA management and enforcement. He has previously worked with various international NGOs and was the Environmental Authority for the Province of Manabí in Ecuador, managing protected areas and enforcing environmental laws, as well as most recently worked with Ecuador’s Ministry of the Environment in the creation of Ecuador’s network of 19 coastal MPAs and their management.