WILDCOAST – A voice for the coast and the ocean

About Us

WILDCOAST’s strategic, passionate and relentless ecosystem-based approach to conservation is key to our long-lasting impact and success.


WILDCOAST is an international team that conserves coastal and marine ecosystems and addresses climate change through natural solutions.


We envision a society in which ecologically sensitive and globally significant coastal and marine ecosystems and wildlife are conserved, restored and sustained for future generations.


Serge Dedina, Ph.D. - Executive Director

Angela Kemsley - Conservation Director

Ann Wycoff - Development Director

Clark Labitan - Director of Finance and Administration

Fay Crevoshay - Communications & Policy Director

Mónica Franco - Mexico Director

Celeste Ortega - Mangroves Conservation Manager

Efrain Olachea - Conservation Policy Manager (Mexico)

Francisco Martínez Vázquez - Wildlands Conservation Manager

Lisa Gilfillan - California Conservation Manager

Luis Rojas Cruz - Oaxaca Manager

Rebeca Melendez - Corals Conservation Manager

Tannia Frausto Illescas - Climate Change Manager

Yolanda Garces Nicholson - Operations and Human Resources Manager

Rosa Osuna - Administrative Manager, Mexico

Carlos Callado - California Conservation Coordinator

Gabriela García Vázquez - Oaxaca Conservation Coordinator

Jules Jackson - Ocean Conservation & Education Coordinator

Omar Perez - Accounting Coordinator

Rosario Norzagaray - Border Coordinator

Yehuda Ben-Hamo - Marketing, Social Media Outreach & Visual Asset Coordinator

Joe Cooper - MPA Contractor

Eduardo Ruiz Morales - California Ocean Intern

Josie Collier - California Ocean Intern

Lillie Mulligan - California Ocean Intern

Michayla Herr - Conservation Intern

Sarah Villanueva - California Ocean Intern

Samantha Campbell - California Ocean Intern

Board of Directors

Emily Welborn Guevara - Board Chair

David Price - Vice Chair

Ben Hopf - CEO/Co-Founder, Atticus, Inc.

Craig Gaunce - CPA, Gaunce & Associates, CPAs APC

Doug Sheres - Founder/Managing Member, Paramo Capital Partners

Dovi Kacev, Ph.D. - Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Heidi Dewar, Ph.D. - Fisheries Research Biologist, Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Josh Chatten-Brown - Attorney, Chatten-Brown & Carstens

Laura Araujo Moreno - Tijuana Innovadora -Director of Binational Affairs and Operations

Dominique Cano-Stocco - Executive Director of External and Government Affairs, Verizon

Jill Gartman

Advisory Council

Homero Aridjis

Lawrence Herzog, Ph.D.

Ron Forster

Robert Kanter, Ph.D.

Mike McCoy, D.V.M.

Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D.

Jeff Opdycke

Jess Ponting, Ph.D.

Michael Sutton

Lorraine Yglesias