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Who We Are

Who We Are

The Board of Directors of Ocean Defenders Alliance (ODA) is composed of leaders from the scientific, conservation, and business communities.

ODA Board Members serve as keepers of the organizational mission and purpose. They are integrally involved, and serve ODA (and the oceans) in the following ways: monitor and strengthen programs, evaluate effectiveness, participate in the development of organizational planning and policy, ensure adequate financial resources and fiscal oversight, ensure legal and ethical integrity, and enhance ODA's public standing.

The composition of the board, whose members are elected for two-year terms, is strategically planned to reflect a broad range of scientific and other relevant expertise, with all members having a strong and demonstrated commitment to ocean conservation.

Kurt Lieber (President)
Mechanical Engineer, Ocean Conservationist
Bill Cooper, Ph.D.
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science; director of UCI's Urban Water Research Center (UWRC)
Jim Lieber (Treasurer)
Engineering Consultant
Bonnie Monteleone
Marine Debris Researcher