Frances has more than 15 years of experience designing and leading marine education programs in the U.S. and internationally. She manages all aspects of The Ocean Foundation’s ocean literacy portfolio, including creating more equitable access to marine education and more inclusive pathways to careers in marine education for traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities. Her work focuses on leveraging the power of behavioral science and conservation psychology to influence individual action and decision-making in support of ocean health.
In her previous role as the Founder and Executive Director of a San Diego-based organization, she gained broad experience in educational program design and evaluation, curriculum writing, and social marketing, as well as fundraising, leadership, and partner development. She has taught in both formal and informal education settings throughout her career and has led professional development courses for educators in the U.S. and Mexico.
Frances holds a Master’s Degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a Minor in Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is also a graduate of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy Fundraising Academy, a Certified Interpretive Guide, and holds a Professional Certificate in Grant Writing. Frances serves as Chair of the Conservation Committee for the National Marine Educators Association and teaches an Ocean Conservation Behavior course at UC San Diego Extended Studies.