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

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

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