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Ocean Conservancy CEO Coming to Sanibel

By Staff | Jan 26, 2012

Vikki Spruill of Ocean Conservancy

Sanibel Sea School and BIG ARTS will host “An Evening with Vikki Spruill” on February 15 at 7:30 p.m. Ms. Spruill is the president and CEO of Ocean Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean.

This event provides an opportunity for the community to learn more about issues specific to Sanibel Island. Drawing from Ocean Conservancy’s over two decades of work in the Gulf region, and her own connection to the beaches of Florida, Vikki will address fisheries and restoration in the Gulf of Mexico, ocean acidification, pollution, and how seashells can inform and inspire us to understand and promote healthy oceans.

Vikki and the Ocean Conservancy team encourage us to look beneath the surface to see where the health of our planet really begins: our oceans. From the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico to the halls of Congress, she leads the organization’s efforts to restore the health and resiliency of the ocean through advocating sustainable solutions based on sound science.

Throughout her career, Vikki has helped make ocean issues accessible and engaging to the general public. Prior to taking the helm at Ocean Conservancy, Vikki founded SeaWeb, a nonprofit organization that advances ocean issues through strategic communications and social marketing. For 11 years, she led the organization in passing regulations to prevent overfishing and shift market demand toward environmentally-friendly seafood. Her work at SeaWeb was built on a 15-year career in public relations, including five years as a senior vice president at Ruder Finn, one of the largest independently held public relations firms in the world.

Vikki serves on a number of national advisory boards including The Ad Council, SkyTruth and Tides, and is a frequent speaker on solutions for ocean conservation. She graduated cum laude from Loyola University in New Orleans with a bachelor’s degree in communications and received a master’s degree in communications from the University of West Florida.

Please join Sanibel Sea School in welcoming Vikki Spruill into our community. Together, we can spark a sea change that will allow people to enjoy Sanibel’s ocean environment for generations to come.