David McGuire, MPH, Director and Founder of Shark Stewards
David McGuire is the founder of the non-profit Sea Stewards and the Shark Stewards initiative.
Educated in Marine Biology, David holds a masters degree in Environmental Health and has worked in education and public health at the University of California at Berkeley for over a decade. David is the writer, producer and underwater cinematographer of several award-winning documentaries, including Sharks of San Francisco Bay. He also worked as cameraman on feature films such as 180 South with Patagonia and A Beautiful Wave. He has also published numerous articles on the state of the ocean and sharks and writes a blog on sharks and ocean health called Ocean Voices. David co-authored the book Surviving the Shark and is copleting a book Surfing and Sharks.
As the Director of Sea Stewards and the Shark Stewards project, David helped build a coalition leading to the passage of the California Shark Conservation Act, AB 376. David is a published author and sits on several boards of non-profits including The San Francisco Green Film Festival and the Cordell Bank Marine Sanctuary Association. He has received numerous awards for his work including the Hero of Marin Environmental Stewardship Award in 2011, and Hero of the Ocean by the Pacifica Beach Coalition in 2013, He has won an Emmy for Field Production and Camera on the documentary Reefs to Rainforestsfor his media work. He is a popualr public speaker on sharks and the ocean and lectures at the University of San Francisco.
Science Content and Media Coordinator Isabella Gonzales Potter
Isabella Gonzalez Potter is the science content and media coordinator for Shark Stewards, researching content and developing media messages for shark and ocean health. She is a junior at the University of San Francisco with a double major in Environmental Science and Latin American Studies, and has experience in media production. She is a Resident Advisor Specialist at USF and is the Treasurer of Latinas Unidas, a culturally focused organization. Isabella was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and spent her weekends in Mexico (Sonora and Chihuahua), allowing me to stay connected to my culture. Growing up in the Sonoran Desert, along the US- Mexican border, gave her a unique appreciation for the environment and also for the people who call it their home. Isabella is passionate about the overlap between nature and community, believing they are two of the most critical aspects of our own existence. She hopes to pursue a career focusing on Environmental Health and Marine Biology, and is proud to call the Bay Area my current home.
She joined David in an expedition off of Guadalupe Island diving with White Sharks. As a certified Great White Shark Naturalist with the National Marine Sanctaury she strives to educate the world about the importance of marine conservation, saving the oceans one shark at a time.
Anna Clark is an author, sustainability advocate and mother of two. She regards oceanic pollution and species loss among the most critical environmental issues we face today. She also has a soft spot for sharks, which she considers the underdogs of the sea.
Anna is the president of EarthPeople and the author of Green, American Style (Baker Books 2010). She began her career in management consulting with PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM. Her passion for conservation ultimately led into sustainability consulting and communications. Since founding EarthPeople in 2005, Anna has designed and implemented profitable sustainability strategies for start-ups, school districts, municipalities and Fortune 500 corporations. Anna writes the Eco-Leadership blog for Greenbiz.com and her ideas have been featured in media outlets including USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, The Dallas Morning News, and Entrepreneur Radio.
Anna holds a B.A. with honors from the University of Texas at Austin and completed a post-graduate internship at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Buenos Aires. She is presently doing graduate work through Johns Hopkins University, researching the effects of new media on public opinion. She lives with her family in Dallas in one of Texas‘ first residences to earn a Platinum LEED-certified rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. For details on her writing and speaking, visit AnnaMClark.com.
Danielle Patton is an experienced SaaS marketing and business development expert responsible for growth of software technology in new markets. She earned her Bachelors degree in Biology from Wichita State University in 2010 and began her career as a marketing assistant at Pulse Systems, Inc. In the ensuing years, Danielle helped position and grow Pulse Systems, Inc., through directing and producing strategies and campaigns directed to the health care market. She created tactical campaigns to increase adoption of SaaS technology solutions and generated adoption in target markets throughout the US. In addition, she was responsible for launching the VAR program and contracting with a number of sate entities, growing sales and marketing efforts across the nation.
Danielle is an advanced PADI scuba diver and has worked as a South African Penguin keeper at Tanganyika Wildlife Park, a lab assistant at Wichita State University, and a biology assistant at Southwestern College. She is presently pursuing her MBA with a concentration in health care and international business.
Kayla Ellis, Student Campaign Organizer, Shark Advocate
Kayla Ellis is the student campaign organizer for Shark Stewards Texas, a non-profit dedicated to conserving our oceans through the protection of sharks. A senior at Greenhill School, Kayla is an aspiring marine biologist. Since becoming a master diver, Kayla has channeled her enthusiasm for sharks into pursuits ranging from advocacy to poetry.
In September 2010, Kayla co-founded the Anti-Bullying Campaign. Since launching the ABC Club, she has gained extensive experience in campaign management, volunteer recruitment and training, and cause marketing. An avid volunteer, Kayla has also donated her time and resources to Children’s Medical Center, Salvation Army, Operation Kindness, and Amnesty International.