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

Zachary Plopper - Associate Director

Fay Crevoshay - Communications & Policy Director

Mónica Franco - Mexico Director

Clark Labitan - Director of Finance and Administration

Ann Wycoff - Development Director

Angela Kemsley - Conservation and Communications Manager

Cory Pukini - California Conservation Manager

Tannia Frausto Illescas - Climate Change Manager

Francisco Martínez Vázquez - Wildlands Conservation Manager

Rebeca Melendez - Corals Conservation Manager

Celeste Ortega - Mangroves Conservation Manager

Luis Rojas Cruz - Oaxaca Manager

Yolanda Garces Nicholson - Operations and Human Resources Manager

Rosa Osuna - Administrative Manager, Mexico

Efrain Olachea - Conservation Policy Manager (Mexico)

Lisa Gilfillan - Ocean Conservation & Education Coordinator

Rosario Norzagaray - Border Coordinator

Gabriela García Vázquez - Oaxaca Conservation Coordinator

Jules Jackson - Community Engagement Coordinator

Carlos Callado - California Conservation Coordinator

Omar Perez - Accounting Coordinator

Yehuda Ben-Hamo - Social Media Outreach & Marketing Coordinator

Joe Cooper - MPA Contractor

María José Petit Rodríguez - WILDCOAST Intern

Will Reichel - Marketing Intern

Cecilia Thon - Blue Carbon Intern

Cece Malone - Blue Carbon Intern

Aynaz Sharifi - Blue Carbon 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

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