Francesca Koe has been a dedicated advocate for the ocean and marine ecosystems that support us for nearly 20 years. Instrumental in designing and implementing California’s historic marine protected areas (MPAs) and the first-of-its-kind network along the California coast gave Francesca (a primary stakeholder in the California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative) great pride of purpose. Additionally, Francesca played a critical role in the passage of AB-376 (which bans the possession & sale of shark fins in CA) by spurring the creation of a diverse coalition-campaign to amplify voices from otherwise underrepresented cultures. A multi-agency SCUBA instructor (PADI MSDT #186082/ DAN #11837) and competitive freediver (PFI Safety Supervisor #1102 + AIDA judge), Francesca now serves as the Program Chair & Director for the Greater Farallones Association, and as a member of the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS) Advisory Council. For almost a decade Francesca also worked at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) as the Director of Strategic Initiatives, where she led myriad efforts to advance clean energy and enhance equity in resource protection. The current Editor-at-Large of Deeperblue.com Francesca is presently focused on the restoration of bull kelp and recovering marine habitats in the golden state.