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Ayana Elizabeth Johnson            

Marine Biologist, Conservation Strategist, Founder & CEO of Ocean Collectiv

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, writer, and Brooklyn native. She co-founded and leads Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank for the future of coastal cities. Recently, Dr. Johnson co-edited the bestselling climate anthology "All We Can Save," co-created the Spotify/Gimlet climate solutions podcast "How to Save a Planet," and she co-authored the "Blue New Deal," a roadmap for including the ocean in climate policy. Previously, she was executive director of the Waitt Institute, developed policy at the EPA and NOAA, and taught as an adjunct professor at New York University. She will join the environmental studies faculty at Bowdoin College in fall 2023.

Dr. Johnson earned a BA from Harvard University in environmental science and public policy, and a Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in marine biology. Her writing has been published widely, including in The New York Times, Washington Post, and Scientific American. She serves on the board of directors for GreenWave and Patagonia, on the advisory board of Environmental Voter Project and on the steering committee for the Ocean Justice Forum. Recent recognitions include, the Schneider Award for climate communication, the Time 100 Next List, and appointment to the Secretary of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board. Dr. Johnson’s forthcoming book on climate futurism "What If We Get It Right?: Visions of Climate Futurism" will be released in April 2024. She is in love with climate solutions.


They edited a book about the climate crisis. Here's what they learned.
Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, left, and Katharine Wilkinson, editors of the anthology “ All We Can Save: Truth, Courage and Solutions for the Climate Crisis.
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Marine biologist Ayana Elizabeth Johnson wrote a Washington Post op-ed about the ways the fight around climate change and racial justice go hand in hand.
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Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy advisor, and Brooklyn native. She is founder and CEO of the consultancy Ocean Collectiv, founder of the ...

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