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Ayana Johnson

Founder
Waitt Institute
Fishery
New York

I was referred to THNK by Katherine Maher.

I'm a Ph.D. marine biologist, policy expert, conservation strategist, and Brooklyn native. In 2017, I founded of Ocean Collectiv, a consulting firm that creates and amplifies solutions for a healthy ocean, while centering social justice. I also teach at New York University as an adjunct professor, and volunteered as co-director of partnerships for the March for Science. As an Executive Director of the Waitt Institute, I co-founded the Blue Halo Initiative and led the Caribbean’s first successful island-wide ocean zoning effort. Previously, I worked on ocean policy at the EPA and NOAA, and was recently a TED resident and Aspen Institute fellow. I blog and tweet about how we can use the ocean without using it up on the National Geographic blog and on twitter.