WHO WE ARE
We are an eclectic bunch of design thinkers, business consultants, journalists, and scientists who believe in the power of entrepreneurship, story, and collective impact as potent forces for positive change. Together, we have over 25 years of experience solving complex problems ranging from human trafficking to overfishing to literacy.
MEET OUR TEAM
A co-founder and partner in multiple entrepreneurial ventures, Peter has 10 years of experience as an entrepreneur starting and operating renewable energy and real estate development companies. Through partnerships with high-net-worth investors and several wealth management funds, Peter has been a stakeholder in the placement of more than $20MM of real asset development. Following his passion for the start-up process and harnessing his entrepreneurial background, Peter chose to dedicate his time to working with socially responsible entrepreneurs to help launch their businesses. As an advisor and consultant, Peter has been intimately involved in developing and implementing business and investment strategies for dozens of start-up and early stage companies in the renewable energy, aquaculture, agriculture, and food service industries. To date, Peter has helped raise a total of $1.6MM of private-equity funds for his clients. Peter has had significant experience working on both sides of the “fundraising table”, providing due-diligence services to high-net-worth investors in addition to raising funds for his own ventures and those of his clients through private-equity, tax-equity, institutional lenders, and CDFI channels.
Scott graduated from Northwestern University with a dual degree in Political Science and International Studies. During his undergraduate career, Scott served as Co-Director of the Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights, a three-day student-led conference involving speakers and delegates from all over the country, and held several other student leadership positions that both reflected and inspired his focus on the intersection of environmentalism and social justice. He also completed internships within the fields of environmental advocacy and sustainable urban planning, wrote for an award-winning student online student publication, and spent a semester abroad in Nantes, France. After graduation, Scott returned to his home city of Seattle and has spent the two years working on various projects related to social innovation, sustainable land use, and social entrepreneurship.
Founder & Executive Director
A journalist and entrepreneur who has worked at the intersection of business and social transformation for more than a decade, Cheryl conceived and co-led the effort to found Future of Fish. Prior to her work with fisheries, Cheryl was a director at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, where she distilled knowledge from the organization’s network of 2,500 fellows to provide strategic insight to foundations and corporations. As a consultant, she has served leading organizations in the space of hybrid business/social solutions, including Humanity United, Nike, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University. Cheryl spent 15 years reporting on social entrepreneurship and business for publications including Fast Company, The New York Times and CIO magazine. Cheryl founded and led Fast Company magazine’s Social Capitalist awards, a competition to identify and recognize top social entrepreneurs. Before her work with nonprofit organizations, she was part of an incubation and startup team for which she helped secure $12 million in venture funding to launch an online environmental magazine.
Cari has applied her expertise in sustainability to a variety of organizations. She was the founder and director of the Ripple Project, a nonprofit that worked with African women’s organizations to develop their skills and create viable businesses and livable communities. She also worked on the Gallatin Valley Farm to School Program in Montana. Cari was a member of the design team that created the first LEED-type certification process for sustainable development for an ecosystem for the Greater Yellowstone Framework for Sustainable Development. As a consultant, her clients have included the Jimmy and Roslyn Carter Partnership Award and the Africa Rainforest and River Conservation Organization, where she served as the interim executive director.
A scientist and storyteller, Marah works at the crossroads of research, creative communication, and strategy to build a sustainable future for people and the sea. As founder of OceanInk, Marah spent five years working as a consultant with interdisciplinary teams investigating coral reef health, fishery impacts, ocean acidification, and the greening of the global seafood supply chain. She was a founding researcher for Future of Fish and a contributing researcher and writer to The Green Blue Book (Rodale Press) and The Big Handout (Rodale Press). Prior to OceanInk, Marah was a research fellow at Blue Ocean Institute, where she created and launched their climate change program, including an initiative to engage scientists and religious leaders in constructive conversation about halting climate change. Her work has been published in scientific journals, books, and popular magazines (Scientific American, The American Prospect). She received her PhD in marine science from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Specializing in technical and nontechnical writing, research, project management, survey development and data analysis, Colleen was a principal researcher in the discovery phases of Future of Fish. As a scientific and sustainability consultant, she has worked for NASA’s LAUNCH program, spearheaded the development of in-house sustainability goals for Saint Vincent’s Day Home in Oakland, CA, created custom green event guidelines for The Gallup Organization, and created a carbon offset credit report for Architecture for Humanity. Colleen coauthored Shift Your Habit: Easy Ways to Save Money, Simplify Your Life, and Save the Planet (Crown/Three Rivers Press, 2010) and served as primary researcher for The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet, One Simple Step at a Time (Crown/Three Rivers Press, 2007). She earned both an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from UC Riverside.
Entrepreneur in Residence
Matthew is a career social entrepreneur with a passion for empowering individuals and organizations to create positive social impact. He has launched and sold several businesses over the last 20 years, and held executive leadership, consulting, advisory, and board roles with a variety of businesses, social enterprises and nonprofit organizations.Matthew's passion for social impact stems from his experience as the parent of a child with a disability. The challenge of lifelong care for his son, coupled with the daily demands of advocating within complex medical and social service systems, prompted Matthew to seek a better way to meet the needs of our vulnerable citizens. Engaging his experience as an entrepreneur and business leaders, he became convinced of the innovation and leadership potential within social challenges. Matthew has worked with Corporate, Family Business, Social Enterprise, Non-profit and Government clients, with emphasis on the impact areas of Disability, Health, Education, Food and Transportation. He has worked extensively in the manufacturing and technology sectors, with a focus on marketing and product development, value chain development, business systems, and technology. In his role as an EIR for Future of Fish, he is a lead strategist across several cohort projects and the point person for spotting ways to integrate and amplify the cohort’s work.
Client Management Director
Gabriel is a connector and systems thinker. He thrives on developing collaborative solutions to complex problems, with a particular focus on technology-enabled solutions to social and environmental challenges. Gabriel founded Re-Vision Labs, a social innovation consultancy that works on network engagement, business model innovation, and technology-enabled business solutions. He has worked with a wide variety of clients, including a top-5 global energy company, a leading multinational CPG company, the City of Seattle, and numerous nonprofits and private enterprises. Gabriel has worked at several high-growth startups, including Zipcar and EnergySavvy. Gabriel also founded Seattle Greendrinks, a non-profit dedicated to convening and growing Seattle’s environmental community. Gabriel has Masters Degrees in both International Studies and Public Affairs, with an emphasis on environmental management, from the University of Washington, and is a 2010 Marshall Memorial Fellow.