FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR
Linda has thirty years of experience working to protect the environment. She began her environmental career at Greenpeace where she managed the finances of the West Coast office. She has served as Executive Director of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association and most recently as Executive Director of The Watershed Project, where she led the efforts to develop the first and only native oyster reef to be built entirely by community volunteers. Linda grew up on the ocean and has always been an oyster aficionado. She thinks of our native oysters as the working class stiffs with a huge role to play to make our Bay cleaner and more resilient to rising tides caused by climate change.
Victoria Paris Sacks
Victoria grew up sailing and playing on the shores of the Atlantic and holds a special place in her heart for bivalves and crustaceans. She studied chemistry at NYU and took a sabbatical teaching English in Japan before realizing that she wanted to make a career working on water quality issues and restoration projects. Victoria holds an MS in oceanography from the Graduate School of Oceanography at University of Rhode Island. She previously worked as an environmental consultant researching and coordinating the cleanup of international and domestic contaminated sediment sites. She is very excited to work with oyster-loving communities in the San Francisco Bay area.
Marty is an artist, designer and educator. He is a member of the Industrial Design faculty at California College of the Arts, and has extensive experience in natural history museum exhibit fabrication (including biologically-accurate model making and live habitat fabrication), sculpture, industrial design prototyping, architectural model making, and shop/makerspace management. He is optimistic about the transformative potential of design, fabrication, citizen science and community engagement. Being an avid surfer, free diver and fisherman, he has a passion to restore the San Francisco Bay ecosystem through Olympia oyster habitat restoration.
Christina is currently a senior at San Francisco State University majoring in political science with a focus on environmental studies. She is an ardent scholar when it comes to the environment and is becoming a true ostreophile - since oysters have such a positive impact and they taste great too! Christina is interested in how policy makers will address rising tides caused by climate change and how urban planning for cities sited on our coasts and estuaries will incorporate natural systems. Christina is evolving into an expert about the environmental, economic, and culinary benefits of oysters and enthusiastic about involving others to participate in this nascent movement to restore one of the keystone species to our Bay.
Lauren is leading the communications efforts at The Wild Oyster Project. She has a Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication from the University of Washington in beautiful Seattle, Washington. After a decade of working in the tech industry, she is now focusing her communication and technical skills on environmental and social issues. A native of San Francisco, she is raising her two children to tread lightly on the earth, and is hoping to do her small part to make the San Francisco Bay cleaner and healthier for future generations.
Nina is currently a senior in high school at Drew School in San Francisco. She is working on her senior project on aquaculture, oyster farming and sustainability. Nina is learning lots about oysters and their crucial role in the marine environment and as a sustainable fishery and food source. She is excited to join the Wild Oyster Project to expand her knowledge of oysters and aquaculture.
The Wild Oyster Project is a project of Earth Island Institute, which provides fiscal sponsorship, resources, training, technical assistance, and peer relationships to environmental activists.