Julie Packard is executive director of the acclaimed Monterey Bay Aquarium, which she helped found in the late 1970s as the nation’s first major public aquarium dedicated to interpreting marine life of a single region.
Areas of Expertise: Science and conservation education, guest experience, visitor research
Margaret Spring directs the aquarium’s conservation and science efforts involving sea otters, great white sharks abd Pacific bluefin tuna, as well as its respected Seafood Watch program and ocean policy initiatives.
Kyle S. Van Houtan oversees the Aquarium’s science and conservation research programs, including those devoted to bluefin tuna, white sharks, sea otters and other species.
Andrew Johnson oversees the aquarium’s pioneering work with California’s threatened sea otter population, including rescue and care efforts, field research programs and collaborations based on the recovery plan managed by federal wildlife officials.
Karl Mayer manages stranding response, animal care, release and post-release monitoring of all live-stranded southern sea otters in California for the aquarium’s Sea Otter Program.
Since 1986 Michelle Staedler has devoted her research career at the aquarium to sea otters and the recovery of this threatened species. She works as a sea otter field biologist and sea otter research coordinator, notably in a variety of sea otter behavioral studies.
Sal Jorgensen is a research scientist for the aquarium’s Project White Shark. He oversees basic research on migratory patterns, feeding ecology and habitat use of adult great white sharks at the Farallon Islands, Point Reyes and Ano Nuevo Island.
Areas of expertise: Aquarium living exhibits procedures and protocols
Areas of Expertise: Exhibit and care of aquatic animals and invertebrates, quarantine procedures and management, project management
Dr. Mike Murray cares for the aquarium's living collection, is a key figure in sea otter recovery efforts from California to the Russian far east, and is also engaged in the aquarium's Project White shark field research.
Chris DeAngelo manages the aquarium's exhibit Sea Otter Program, responsible for the five southern sea otters that rotate between the exhibit, and the rehabilitation program.
Aimee David directs the ocean conservation policy strategies at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Federal Policy Manager Josh Madeira is part of Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Ocean Conservation Policy team.
Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly leads Monterey Bay Aquarium’s respected Seafood Watch program, which engages and empowers North American consumers and businesses to support ocean-friendly fisheries.
Sheila Bowman is the Manager of Culinary and Strategic Initiatives for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program.
As Executive Chef at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Matthew Beaudin is responsible for supervising and directing much of its culinary operations – from sourcing to menus to catering for private events.
Areas of Expertise: Marine conservation education programs for youth, teens and teachers
Marketing and Communications
Barbara Meister manages the relationships between the aquarium and Cannery Row, city and county officials, the hospitality industry and various organizations in the broader tri-county regional community.
Lorraine Yglesias directs the aquarium's marketing programs, and oversees integration of outreach initiatives involving both the Hispanic and general markets.