With more than 20 years experience in environmental non-profit work—including marine conservation, coastal watershed management, community relations, and bilingual and sustainability education—Anna Cummins is an expert in the field. Her “Synthetic Sea, Synthetic Me” TEDx talk has been viewed and shared by thousands. Anna received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, and a MA in Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute for International Studies.

Anna Cummins, Co-Founder & Global Strategy Director/Board Member

Marcus has led expeditions around the world to research plastic marine pollution, including an 88-day journey from California to Hawaii on the Junk Raft, built from 15,000 plastic bottles. A Gulf War veteran, Marcus wrote about the experience in the book, My River Home (Beacon 2008). His second book, Junk Raft: An ocean voyage and a rising tide of activism to fight plastic pollution (Beacon 2017) will hit shelves in 2017. He received his Ph.D from USC.

Marcus has led expeditions around the world to research plastic marine pollution, including an 88-day journey from California to Hawaii on the Junk Raft, built from 15,000 plastic bottles. A Gulf War veteran, Marcus wrote about the experience in the book, My River Home (Beacon 2008). His second book, Junk Raft: An ocean voyage and a rising tide of activism to fight plastic pollution (Beacon 2017) will hit shelves in 2017. He received his Ph.D from USC.

Marcus Eriksen, Co-Founder & Research Director/Board Member

Rachel was the Executive Director of the non-profit Healthy Child Healthy World and went on to found EcoStiletto and MommyGreenest.com. A former journalist with a MA from USC, she promoted sustainability on "The Today Show" and "CNN,” among others, and authored The Big List of Things That Suck and The Mommy Greenest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond. A mother of three, Rachel lives with her family in her native Los Angeles.

Rachel was the Executive Director of the non-profit Healthy Child Healthy World and went on to found EcoStiletto and MommyGreenest.com. A former journalist with a MA from USC, she promoted sustainability on "The Today Show" and "CNN,” among others, and authored The Big List of Things That Suck and The Mommy Greenest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond. A mother of three, Rachel lives with her family in her native Los Angeles.

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, Executive Director

Carolynn received her MA in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island and worked in Coastal Management for seven years in the San Francisco Bay. After her first 5 Gyres Voyage in 2011, a 33-day trip across the Atlantic, she decided to change course and apply her science and organizing background to fight plastic pollution. Carolynn has traveled over 15,000 miles on seven 5 Gyres Expeditions. She’s contemplating a swallow tattoo.

Carolynn received her MA in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island and worked in Coastal Management for seven years in the San Francisco Bay. After her first 5 Gyres Voyage in 2011, a 33-day trip across the Atlantic, she decided to change course and apply her science and organizing background to fight plastic pollution. Carolynn has traveled over 15,000 miles on seven 5 Gyres Expeditions. She’s contemplating a swallow tattoo.

Carolynn Box, Environmental Programs Director

Lia grew up in Hawaii before attending USC, where she played water polo and majored in Broadcast Journalism and Anthropology. She worked around the world in the sports industry before shifting her career into ocean conservation after receiving her MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. Prior to joining 5 Gyres, Lia managed global chapters and initiatives for the Surfrider Foundation. She lives in Charleston, SC and loves to paddleboard with her family.

Lia grew up in Hawaii before attending USC, where she played water polo and majored in Broadcast Journalism and Anthropology. She worked around the world in the sports industry before shifting her career into ocean conservation after receiving her MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. Prior to joining 5 Gyres, Lia managed global chapters and initiatives for the Surfrider Foundation. She lives in Charleston, SC and loves to paddleboard with her family.

Lia Colabello, Community & Partnerships Director

Haley Jain Haggerstone has a BS in Natural Resource Conservation and a MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. She was with the Surfrider Foundation for eight years before joining the 5 Gyres team. Haley is a member of Surfrider Foundation Canada’s Board of Directors and volunteers with STOKED Mentoring. She loves festivals, spending time with her husband who she married at Burning Man, and their bulldog Wyatt.

Haley Jain Haggerstone has a BS in Natural Resource Conservation and a MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. She was with the Surfrider Foundation for eight years before joining the 5 Gyres team. Haley is a member of Surfrider Foundation Canada’s Board of Directors and volunteers with STOKED Mentoring. She loves festivals, spending time with her husband who she married at Burning Man, and their bulldog Wyatt.

Haley Jain Haggerstone, Development Director

Steph was raised in Rio de Janeiro and is now based in Los Angeles. She has spent most of her life around beaches, working with marine animal rehabilitation and raising awareness through sculpture. Steph is a multi-media artist with the Sokamba Performing Arts Company, and also works with STOKED Mentoring. She received her BS in Human Biology and Environmental Studies from USC.

Steph was raised in Rio de Janeiro and is now based in Los Angeles. She has spent most of her life around beaches, working with marine animal rehabilitation and raising awareness through sculpture. Steph is a multi-media artist with the Sokamba Performing Arts Company, and also works with STOKED Mentoring. She received her BS in Human Biology and Environmental Studies from USC.

Stephanie Whyte, Programs Manager

Ginger is a native of Los Angeles, with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from UCLA. Before joining 5 Gyres, she worked at the Growing Place in Santa Monica. She also spent time in various volunteer capacities at Heal the Bay, including being a Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup Captain alongside her daughter. Besides ocean conservation issues, Ginger is passionate about gardening, travel and cosplay.

Ginger is a native of Los Angeles, with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from UCLA. Before joining 5 Gyres, she worked at the Growing Place in Santa Monica. She also spent time in various volunteer capacities at Heal the Bay, including being a Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup Captain alongside her daughter. Besides ocean conservation issues, Ginger is passionate about gardening, travel and cosplay.

Ginger Goss Mukherjee, Operations Manager


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