Hannah MacDonaldYouth Leadership Council Coordinator
Growing up in the Midwest, Hannah MacDonald did not let her distance from the ocean prevent her voice from being heard in marine conservation issues. In fact, she used her connection to the Great Lakes to link her to the ocean, as she worked to teach the next generation to embrace the Great Lakes and ocean literacy principles through stewardship. While achieving her Bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University, Hannah studied Earth Science, Marine Ecosystem Management and Environmental Studies and Sustainability. She assisted in founding the largest environmental organization at Michigan State University, Spartan Sierra Club, where she engages her campus with environmental activism through service projects, campaigns and education and outreach. Hannah’s enthusiasm for marine conservation opened the door for her to take her work to the national level. As a Youth Leadership Council member, Hannah co-authored an op-ed article for the Huffington Post with Philippe Cousteau on marine protected areas and she has appeared at the Fast Company Innovation Festival to represent Team Ocean on the Ocean vs. Space panel. In 2015, she represented the youth of America and women in stewardship at the Capitol Hill Ocean Week on the Wave of the Future: What Do the Youth of America Think and Commanders at Sea: Women Leading the Way in Ocean Stewardship. In the summer of 2017, as a NOAA Hollings Scholar, Hannah inspired the next generation by developing and implementing summer programs focused on ocean stewardship, marine science, and marine technology for students ages 5-15 at Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary in Port Angeles, Washington. Hannah hopes to continue to inspire the world to act to save the ocean through combining her interests in marine policy and marine education throughout her career. She is excited for the opportunity to support and empower youth internationally through EarthEcho Youth Leadership Council. Additionally, Hannah loves to scuba dive, sail and ski..