Linda Hunter


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. 


Makayla Counselman

Lead ecologist

Makayla holds an M.S. in Environmental Management and Ecology degree from the University of San Francisco, where she completed a thesis on native oyster restoration in the San Francisco Bay. She is interested in using oyster restoration as a strategy to mitigate sea level rise while also improving habitat and ecosystem well-being. 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 again in the San Francisco Bay and to improve ecosystem health and function through impactful and innovative scientific approaches.


Casey Harper


Casey is a San Francisco native and a life-long lover of all things outdoors. She has a bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of Otago and recently completed her AA in Landscape Architecture from Merritt College. She is interested in creating regenerative landscapes that emphasize the intersection of art, science, and ecology, and is fired up to be a part of the Wild Oyster Project.

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.


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.


Alex Urasaki



Alex is pursuing a Masters of Business Administration from San Francisco State with a concentration in Sustainable Business. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Resource Management from University of Washington. While in college, he led the EcoReps student organization which focused on gaining support from students and faculty for environmental events, initiatives, and programs with the campus sustainability office. He has continued this work in graduate school as the President of the campus Net Impact chapter. Alex grew up with oysters and is excited to build support for the Wild Oyster Project’s mission to restore their population in the Bay Area.

Chelsey Souza



Chelsey grew up on a ranch near Tomales Bay, where she was intrigued and curious about her natural surroundings. She graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.S. in Chemistry, where she participated in undergraduate research at the Bodega Marine Laboratory. She fell in love with fieldwork and applying her chemistry background to marine systems. Her research was focused on comparing eelgrass and salt marsh carbon sequestration in Tomales Bay. She was fortunate to go on a two week research cruise on the NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada this past October, where she tested water samples from deep-sea coral and sponge environments along the California coast. Chelsey is passionate about restoring native Olympia oysters to the Bay Area and she is excited to educate the community on the benefits of oysters in our changing climate.

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.