Laura Francis has more than 25 years of experience in ocean and environmental science education and outreach, working for the National Park Service, National Marine Sanctuary System and as a teacher and environmental educator. She leads a variety of projects and programs including professional development for teachers and creating education and outreach materials for the public designed to increase ocean awareness and stewardship. Laura earned her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley in Zoology and her Masters at UC Santa Barbara in Deep Sea Biology. She is also involved with Sustainable Ocean Alliance and Santa Barbara Women’s Fund. She lives in Santa Barbara with her son.