Laura Francis has been a marine biologist and educator for the past 30 years and has dedicated her professional career to ocean conservation. She worked at NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary for 27 years in education and outreach. More recently, she has focused on how to make a deeper impact through philanthropy and impact investing in the ocean. She joined Toniic, a global action community for impact investors, and started a donor advised fund called Sea Forward Fund. She has recently set up a collaborative multi-donor Sea Forward Ocean Health Fund at ImpactAssets. She leads an ocean working group at Toniic and another one within Rachel’s Network. She is on the board of Community Environmental Council and Sustainable Change Alliance.