Save Our Shores Executive Director, Katherine O’Dea, announced her intent to resign as of September 30, 2021. During her nearly 6 years at the organization’s helm, Katherine led:
- A strategic planning process that introduced 3 pillars of focus – Clean Shores, Healthy Habitats and Living Waters to guide the organization’s programmatic focus
- An advocacy campaign against sandmining on the shores or the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary that resulted in closure of the Cemex Sand Mining operation in Marina
- The passage of multiple plastic pollution mitigation ordinances at the city, county and state level
- A complete revamp of the organization’s education program creating age and grade-level appropriate K through 12 marine literacy education curricula aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards
- The development of a unique 3D Virtual Marine Protected Areas dive experience for middle school students
- Increased diversification of the organization’s Board of Directors
- A survival and thrive plan to weather the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, accompanying economic downturn, un unprecedented wildfire season and growing social.
As Ms. O’Dea plans to return to her native New England to embark on the next phase of her life, Save Our Shores is seeking a new Executive Director who will continue to honor the 42-year-old non-profit’s legacy and tradition of driving positive change through Awareness, Advocacy, and Action.