For over a decade, Sean Russell has worked with a diverse set of non-profit organizations, corporations and government agencies to elevate the role of youth leadership in the ocean conservation field. As EarthEcho International’s Associate Director of Youth Engagement and Partnerships, Sean directs EarthEcho’s global strategy to meaningfully engage youth leaders and diverse partnering organizations to achieve EarthEcho’s mission of building a youth movement to restore and protect our ocean planet. Over the past year, he has supported EarthEcho’s Youth Action Network in driving OceanEcho 30×30, an initiative mobilizing young people worldwide in advocating for the protection of 30 per cent of the ocean by 2030 through education/outreach efforts, coastal habitat restoration projects, and policy engagement.
Additionally, Sean is the founder and director of the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit. Through this program, he works to empower young people with the knowledge, tools and funds to launch solutions-oriented ocean conservation projects in communities around the world. Sean serves on the National Marine Educators Association Board of Directors and as a member of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument Community Group, is an advisor to The Ocean Project, and co-creator of the Sea Youth Rise Up initiative. Follow him on Instagram @sean_russell92.