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Linda Hunter

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

deputy Director

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 Marfin

DESIGN LEAD

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.


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Reiko Ando

Education coordinator

Reiko studied environmental policy at the University of Michigan, and has since devoted her life to working with underserved Bay Area youth. She spent many years as an environmental educator before becoming a credentialed elementary school teacher with the San Francisco Unified School District. She worked for Aim High, a middle school summer academic enrichment program. Most recently, she coordinated outdoor service learning projects for Oakland, Vallejo and Daly City high school students with the Student Conservation Association. Reiko has authored curricular materials around environmental justice, California habitats, horticulture and food justice, and habitat restoration through her work with LIteracy for Environmental Justice, Outdoor Afro, Education Outside, and CuriOdyssey. She is excited to combine her passions for youth development, educational access, and climate justice through her work with The Wild Oyster Project.


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Marie Cerda

Oyster intern

Marie is a senior at San Francisco State working on a B.S. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in natural resource management and conservation. She has worked in parks and environmentally related nonprofits in some of the Bay Areas most stunning parks and gardens including Alcatraz Island, Angel Island, Alameda Parks and Recreation, and the San Francisco Botanical Garden. She is passionate about the environment, sustainability, and ecological restoration and has a particular interest in marine and estuarine environments. She is very excited to be involved in bringing native oysters back to San Francisco Bay.

 



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Julia Padgett

Oyster Intern

Julia is currently a senior earning her degree in Urban Studies and Planning at San Francisco State University. She has a love for animals and passion for sustainability and environmental awareness. She hopes to emphasize sustainability throughout her career path in urban planning and policy. Julia grew up in southern California in Riverside. She is excited to be a part of an organization that benefits and improves the environment, one oyster at a time. 

 


Makayla Counselman

Lead ecologist

Makayla is completing an M.S. in Environmental Management and Ecology degree from the University of San Francisco and is researching how oyster restoration can be used as a strategy to alleviate the affects of sea level rise while also improving ecosystem well-being. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Wetlands Delineation. Makayla has prior experience working with environmental nonprofits, implementing environmental projects in the U.S, and abroad. Using both her on-the-job experiences and strong academic background in science, Makayla hopes that her work in the field will contribute to advancing a greater understanding of marine and estuarine science and environments. Makayla is thrilled to work with The Wild Oyster Project to help native oysters thrive once again in the San Francisco Bay and to improve ecosystem health and function through impactful and innovative scientific approaches.

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  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.