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Board of Directors

Oceana’s board of directors, made up of accomplished individuals from around the world, guides Oceana to win policy campaigns that protect and restore the oceans.

Oceana Board of Directors meeting 2013

Oceana Board Contact Information:

Oceana Board of Directors
c/o Oceana (Office of the CEO)
1350 Connecticut Ave., NW, 5th floor
Washington, DC 20036 USA
Tel: +1-202-833-3900

Simon Sidamon-Eristoff, Chair

Kalbian Hagerty LLP

Sidamon-Eristoff leads the tax-exempt organizations group at Kalbian Hagerty LLP in Washington, DC.  He has deep experience working with national and international nonprofit organizations, both as a board member and as a staff member. His nonprofit experience includes chairing the boards of both the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and American Friends of Georgia.  He has also served as General Counsel for American Farmland Trust, and as a staff attorney for the Trust for Public Land and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

Valarie Van Cleave, Vice Chair

Ocean Advocate

Van Cleave’s business career encompasses work in mergers and acquisitions, sales and marketing and new business development. She has spearheaded successful fundraising efforts for political campaigns and conservation advocacy. She co-founded and co-chairs SeaChange, a record-breaking benefit for Oceana.

María Eugenia Girón, Treasurer

Business Leader

María Eugenia Girón joined Oceana's board of directors in 2006, shortly after her tenure as chief executive officer of Carrera y Carrera, Spain's top jewelry manufacturer and one of the world's leading luxury brands. María Eugenia is an active lecturer, teacher and adviser at various universities and business schools. She brings to Oceana a vast knowledge of strategic planning, marketing and public relations. In 2004, María Eugenia was nominated for "Women Executive of the Year" by the Spanish Federation of Women CEOs and Professionals.

James Sandler, Secretary

The Sandler Foundation

Sandler was a member of Oceana's founding Board of Directors and is in charge of the Sandler Foundation's environmental giving.

Herbert M. Bedolfe, III

Marisla Foundation

Herbert "Beto" Bedolfe is the executive director of the Marisla Foundation where he has focused on international biodiversity conservation, protection of the marine environment and environmental health since 1992.

Prior to his current responsibilities, Mr. Bedolfe directed programs for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), primarily in West and Southern Africa.  He has lived in the Cape Verde Islands and Mozambique and, with the World Bank and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he implemented short-term assignments in Guinea Bissau and Sao Tome-Principe.  From 1977 – 80, he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay. Beto served for six years as chair of the board of directors of Oceana, an international marine conservation organization, and he is also a member of the board of directors of the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) Environment Fund.  Previously he served as a board member and the treasurer of the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity. Mr. Bedolfe earned his B.A. degree from Swarthmore College and his Master’s of Business Administration from California Lutheran University.  He resides in Southern California and is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.

Keith Addis, President

Industry Entertainment Partners

Addis is the co-founder of Industry Entertainment, a leading management and production company. He is also a longtime environmentalist. Prior to joining Oceana's board, Addis was the Chairman of the American Oceans Campaign (AOC). Under his leadership, AOC -- founded by Addis's longtime friend and client Ted Danson -- achieved victories on key marine issues including bottom trawling and offshore oil drilling. AOC merged with Oceana in 2001.

Ted Danson


Danson is best known for his role on the TV Show “Cheers,” but for those in the conservation movement, he is famous for his work as a passionate ocean advocate and Oceana spokesman. Danson helped create the American Oceans Campaign in 1987, which eventually became Oceana in 2001. In the last two decades, Ted has appeared in public service announcements, appealing to donors and testifying to the government on the condition of our oceans.

Sydney Davis


Davis is a jewelry designer and activist. She and her husband, Andrew, are advocates for numerous environmental and educational causes. Through their family foundations, they work to protect and improve the lives of children, a goal that cannot be achieved without safeguarding the world’s oceans. Davis serves on the Board of Directors of EarthEcho and is on The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Advisory Council at the University of Texas in Austin. She is also an active member of Oceana’s Ocean Council.


César Gaviria

International Lecturer

Gaviria served as the President of Colombia from 1990 to 1994, and as Secretary General of the Organization of American States from 1994 until 2004. As president of Colombia, he achieved structural reforms that facilitated Colombia’ s incorporation into the international economy. The Constitution of 1991, promulgated during his term, strengthened democracy, promoted the defense of human rights and justice. At the OAS, President Gaviria pushed through profound institutional changes, which gave new vigor to the inter-American agenda. 

Loic Gouzer

Christie’s Auction House

Gouzer is an International Specialist and Senior Vice President for the Post-War & Contemporary Art Department at Christie’s Auction House. Joining Oceana’s board of directors in 2013, he uses his position in the art world to raise money and draw attention to ocean conservation. Gouzer is also an avid freediver.

Stephen P. McAllister

Cherrywood Development LLC

McAllister is a successful developer. Stephen became executive director of Greenpeace Australia in 1989 and from 1990-1991, he was deputy executive director and campaign director of Greenpeace International at its headquarters in Amsterdam. In 2005, McAllister donated the use of the Ranger catamaran to Oceana.

Michael Northrop

Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Northrop is program director for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund's global and domestic Sustainable Development program, where he focuses on climate change (link), forest protection and marine conservation. Northrop moonlights as a lecturer at Yale University where he teaches a graduate course on environmental campaigns at the Forest and Environmental Studies School.

Dr. Kristian Parker

Oak Philanthropy Limited

Parker was a member of Oceana's founding Board of Directors. He is a trustee of the Oak Foundation, based in Switzerland, and oversees Oak's environment program. Parker is also a marine biologist and received his Ph.D. in environmental sciences from Duke University.

Dr. Daniel Pauly

The University of British Columbia

Pauly is a renowned fisheries scientist. Since 1994, Pauly has been a professor at the Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia. He currently serves as the principal investigator of the Sea Around Us Project at the Fisheries Centre, where his global, multi-year analyses of marine ecosystems has allowed him to reach startling and important conclusions, most critical among them that fish populations are declining rapidly all over the world.

Susan Rockefeller

Documentary Filmmaker/Designer

Rockefeller is a documentary filmmaker whose award-winning films have appeared on HBO,  PBS and Discovery Networks. She's also a designer of inspirational jewelry and accessories.  Susan sits on the Board of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, We Are Family Foundation And  is Chairwoman of Oceana’s Ocean Council.

Heather Stevens

Waterloo Foundation

Stevens and her husband founded The Waterloo Foundation, based in the UK, which she now chairs. Waterloo’s environmental efforts are focused on marine work and tropical forest conservation. The Foundation has funded considerable work in the marine sector including campaigns to combat illegal fishing in West Africa and to improve the fishing industry and marine life in the Pacific Coral Triangle.

Diana Thomson

The Nikita Foundation

Diana Thomson is Chair of The Nikita Foundation, a Toronto-based charity she co-founded in 2012.  The Nikita Foundation supports charitable initiatives in the areas of health, education, and environmental protection.

Rogier van Vliet

Adessium Foundation

Rogier van Vliet is chairman of Adessium Foundation. Adessium Foundation is a Dutch fund founded in 2005. It is a privately funded public benefit organization that provides financial support to charitable organizations in the Netherlands and worldwide. Adessium Foundation aspires to a world in which people live in harmony with each other and with their environments. Since 2002, Mr. Van Vliet has also been a director at Multifund, a private investment company.


Sam Waterston


Waterston is best-known for his role as Jack McCoy on TV’s “Law and Order.” Waterston grew up in New England, where he saw the effects of fisheries collapses on the life of seaside towns.