Meet the Dream Team
Daniela V. Fernandez
Founder and CEO
Daniela is an award-winning social entrepreneur, writer, and speaker on ocean technology, youth engagement, and blockchain.
She is the Founder and CEO of Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA), a global organization that advances the impact of youth-led social enterprises, start-ups and community projects that are developing solutions to protect and sustain our ocean.
Daniela has been recognized for her work by former U.S. Secretary John Kerry and EU Commissioner Karmenu Vella. She is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, has been listed as Azula’s Top 5 Ocean Heroes of 2016, named one of Glamour Magazine’s 2016 Young Women of the Year and received the Peter Benchley Ocean Award. Daniela is a contributor to National Geographic blog and Sustainable Brands; has been interviewed by Voice of America, New York City TV, Ocean Radio; and has been a speaker at The Economist World Ocean Summit, United Nations, Net Impact Conference, World Ocean Festival, Collision Conference, and WE Day.
Chief Innovation Officer
Craig Dudenhoeffer is the co-founder of SOA’s Ocean Solutions Accelerator, where he helps entrepreneurs leverage technology to solve the ocean’s biggest problems. Prior to joining SOA, Craig worked at ReadWrite where he helped launch the world’s first Internet of Things (IoT) accelerator program. At ReadWrite, Craig worked closely with 115 early-stage technology startups from a variety of industries including healthcare, agriculture, fitness, safety, cleantech, energy, and smart cities. Before entering the technology sector, Craig worked at the National Marine Fisheries Service and studied Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California Santa Cruz.
Michael Skinner CPA, JD, LLM
Chief Operations Officer
Michael brings a broad-based background and deep experience in operations, finance and accounting, legal and business matters, corporate finance, real estate, and taxation. Previously a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Attorney (JD), he has a Masters (LLM) in Taxation and a Masters (LLM) in Corporate Law from New York University (with honors). Michael brings managerial support and experience to SOA from both nonprofit and for-profit emerging companies in various industries, including energy, water remediation, biofuels, and other technologies. As an avid diver, Michael has intimate knowledge of, and relationship with, the splendor of the oceans; and believes that preservation of the ocean, nature’s greatest resource, is paramount in our efforts to negate the effects of climate change.
Brandon is a community builder, systems thinker, and mission-driven professional with experience working with leading sustainable enterprises. He is passionate about equipping youth leaders with frameworks for strategic thinking and conscious leadership, which he believes are the necessary skill sets to achieve maximum social impact and personal fulfillment. Outside of SOA, Brandon is a board member for the Young Professionals in Energy and is a mentor for StartingBloc, a fellowship program that convenes, supports, and shapes the leaders our future needs. During his tenure at the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF), Brandon helped manage CalSEED, a funding and professional development program for innovators and entrepreneurs working to develop early-stage clean energy concepts. Brandon recently completed an MBA at the Presidio Graduate School where he focused on market-based solutions to climate change. In addition to the MBA, Brandon holds a B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University where he graduated with special honors . Brandon enjoys spending his free time listening to and creating music, philosophizing with friends, traveling to beautiful locales, playing basketball, and engaging in contemplative practices.
Kate Dos Santos
Events and Communications Manager
Kate Dos Santos joins Sustainable Oceans Alliance with a background in nonprofit and private partnerships, corporate social responsibility, event management and marketing and communications. Kate’s passion lies with connecting people and ideas to create powerful environmental and social impact through her experience heading corporate social responsibility programs, partnerships and events. She is also a surfer and has a deep connection to the ocean and a relentless hunger to protect it so that future generations can experience its beauty, life and the critical resources it provides. As the Events and Corporate Partnerships Manager, Kate creates engaging and impactful events and fosters long-term partnerships to help drive solutions to the greatest threats facing the ocean.
Executive Assistant and Special Project Coordinator
Alisa Futritski comes to SOA with a background in nonprofit development and experiential education, dedicated to creating a sustainable and thriving life for our planet’s greatest asset. She is passionate about the intersection of youth leadership, community building, and ocean conservation, and she believes in creating a youth movement that will protect the blue world. After graduating from Boston University, she worked at UNESCO and Camfed to develop her knowledge of the governmental/NGO cross sectors to manifest change. A scuba diving enthusiast, she hopes to create a world in which the oceans are bustling with the life she loves so much to witness.
Marketing Manager and Our Ocean Youth Leadership Summit Event Coordinator
Audrey is Our Ocean Youth Leadership Summit coordinator and spends her time between Hong Kong and Indonesia. She is an events and marketing professional rewarded by The Conference Awards “Best Events Marketing team – Asian Conference Awards 2013”, who also led The Economist World Ocean Summit marketing campaigns in 2017 and 2018. Sustainable Ocean Alliance benefits from her strong analytical and project management skills, as well as expertise in public relations. She is an ocean advocate and free diver passionate about contributing to others.