YESS brings together a diverse group of educators, planners, elected officials, digital storytellers, and community leaders. Want to join us? Check out the Get Involved page!
Marina Psaros has worked in coastal management since 2006. She is the creator of YESS and the Co-Founder of the King Tides Project, a global network of citizen scientists documenting sea level rise through social media. She was one of the lead developers of the “Our Coast, Our Future” sea level rise planning tool used widely in California coastal planning. She holds a Masters degree in environmental policy and planning from MIT. Prior to MIT, Marina worked in the digital media industry in the U.S. and Germany as a product and business manager.
Lauren Armstrong, Planning Integration(Marin County Community Development Agency)
Lauren Armstrong is a Planner with the Marin County Community Development Agency. She is currently working with a team of government agencies, resource managers, and community members on a sea level rise vulnerability assessment and adaptation plan for Marin County. Prior to coming to California, Lauren worked for a planning company in Hawaii on natural resource management plans, environmental review documents and public engagement around land use policies. Lauren received a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Hawaii in 2012. She previously worked for a nonprofit organization in Ecuador and as an environmental educator in Vermont.
Douglas Mundo, Community Outreach and Youth Leadership Training (Canal Welcome Center)
Douglas is the Canal Welcome Center’s Executive Director and a resident of the Canal Community in San Rafael. Douglas works for and with the Canal’s residents in the areas of Education, Arts and Culture, Community organizing and Responsive Support Services. Some of his involvement includes working with The Marin County Department of Health And Human Services to organize the Bi-national Health week in Marin, advocating for the immigrant community in Marin County as part of the Marin Immigrant Rights Advocates and the Marin Immigrant rights Coalition, organizing parents, community leaders and Canal residents to create Cultural Celebrations such as the International Festival, Christmas in the Canal and leading the Day of the dead celebration, among others.
Linda Chilton, Education Lead and Science Advisor (USC Sea Grant)
Before joining Sea Grant, Linda Chilton spent 17 years developing and managing education programs as the Education Specialist at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. Some of the grant funded programs she designed and coordinated include the volunteer Sea Ranger Naturalist Program, the Los Angeles Ocean Learning Experiences Program, and Portals to the Sea Watershed Education. Ms. Chilton serves as a founding partner on the Key to the Sea Program, a unique marine education collaboration including USC Sea Grant. Key to the Sea connects students through the science framework to hands-on ocean field trips. Ms. Chilton facilitates the Island Explorer and Parent Child programs offered through USC Sea Grant. Ms. Chilton also serves on other science education consortiums and is a member of the Southwest Marine Educators Association, a member of the National Marine Educators Association, and the California Science Teachers Association. She serves on the Palos Verdes-South Bay Audubon Society Board.
Kurt Holland, Project-Based Learning and Alignment Review, Teacher Training (Independent)
Kurt’s teaching experience includes formal classrooms where he has taught oceanography, navigation, and meteorology at Orange Coast College, middle school chemistry/physics at SMASH (Santa Monica Alternative School House), and Officer licensing for the United States Coast Guard. However, his deepest interests and greatest skill set lies in outdoor environmental teaching. Whether on the deck of a schooner reaching for the trades or hiking through the coastal rain forests of Alaska, Kurt finds his greatest joy in bringing the natural world into people’s lives as an interpreter, guide, or fellow bicycle traveler. He is a certified wilderness first aid responder, glacier guide, licensed Captain and US SAILING Instructor Trainer. Before becoming a full time educator, Kurt spent significant time applying GIS systems to the modeling of near shore ocean circulation patterns, and responding to oil spills throughout the western United States. He began his sea-going career with the US Navy where he performed search and rescue, meteorological observations, interpretation of high seas weather, and forecasting.
Gwen Noda, Curriculum Design and Procedures (Ocean Sanctuaries)
Gwen earned a B.A. in Marine Biology and a M.A. in Biology, both from UCLA. Her esearch experience is primarily with benthic aquatic invertebrates, and she has spent time on a boat around the Channel Islands looking for baby squid; at HIMB in Hawaii studying sacoglossans; at Gump Station on Moorea, Tahiti studying aggregating sea urchin defensive behavior; at SNARL in Eastern Sierra looking at possible impacts of the invasive New Zealand mudsnail on other aquatic benthic macroinvertebrates. Gwen has taught in a variety of informal and outdoor settings (in an aquarium, on a ship, at the beach, in a sage brush knoll) to audiences of nearly all ages. She has been a guest speaker at several schools and is currently integrating hands-on ocean sciences into elementary school curricula.
Participating Schools (2015 – 2016 pilot year)
- Terra Linda
- Redwood (Marin)
- San Rafael
- San Marin
- Redwood (East Palo Alto)
- Half Moon Bay
Funders and Supporters