D’amy Steward

Youth Council Member

D’amy Steward is a dedicated and engaged ocean conservationist.  Able to swim before she could walk, surf before kindergarten, and scuba dive before she could drive, D’amy grew up in, on, and under the water.  Participating in beach cleanups from the age of three in her hometown of Coronado, CA, she learned at an early age the importance of ocean stewardship. 

D’amy began sailing competitively at the age of eight in Sabots and progressed to sailing the Laser Radial, competing nationally and internationally for six years.  In the summer of 2013 she embarked aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans on an abbreviated SEA Semester at Sea program and discovered her life’s passion.  Combining ocean research, conservationism, and a love of being at sea, she began proactively seeking opportunities to preserve the world’s oceans.  She contacted Sailors for the Sea [SFTS]—a non-profit ocean conservation organization—in 2014 with ideas to spread their message in the boating community and reducing plastics in the ocean.  Subsequently appointed the first SFTS student ambassador, D’amy educates children and adults by speaking at regattas, schools, and yacht clubs and writing articles; she also created a handbook for future SFTS ambassadors.

D’amy is an honor student, National Honor Society tutor, two sport varsity letterman [sailing and crew], President of Interact Club, 2015 U.S. Special Olympics LA volunteer, U.S Sailing Level I Instructor, and SCUBA diver.

D’amy received early acceptance to Duke University, class of 2020.  She intends to study marine biology; row crew; and foster opportunities to spread the message of and proactively engage in ocean conservation by synergizing Duke outreach programs and her conservation network.