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

Lisa Gilfillan - Ocean Conservation & Education Coordinator

Rosa Osuna - Administrative Manager, Mexico

Efrain Olachea - Conservation Policy Manager (Mexico)

Yolanda Garces Nicholson - Executive Assistant

Rosario Norzagaray - Border Coordinator

Omar Perez - Accounting Coordinator

Yehuda Ben-Hamo - Social Media Outreach & Marketing Coordinator

Joe Cooper - MPA Contractor

Drew Andersen - Senior MPA Intern

Carlos Callado - Senior MPA Intern

Liam Galleher - Senior MPA Intern

Aly Hoch - Senior MPA Intern

Jessica Husson - Senior MPA Intern

Gabriela García Vázquez - Intern

Austin Lupo - MPA Intern

Andrea Robles - MPA Intern

Jonathan Serrano - MPA Intern

Thomas Shields - MPA Intern

Christian Taruc - MPA 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

Morgan Justice Black - Community Relations Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric

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