Sean RussellPanel Member & Youth Leadership Fellow
Sean Russell is the founder and director of the Stow It-Don’t Throw It Project, a youth-driven marine debris prevention program he launched in 2008. The enthusiasm of the young people involved in this program led Sean to launch the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit in November 2011 with Mote Marine Laboratory. This annual educational event is designed to empower youth participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out successful ocean conservation projects in their local communities. Through this program, Sean brings together diverse partnering organizations to provide ongoing support to the youth-driven conservation projects emerging from this event. Sean has worked to expand the reach of this program by implementing a series of satellite Youth Ocean Conservation Summits across the country. Sean also oversees the Youth Ocean Conservation Team, a network that provides year round support for Summit participants and other youth around the world who are dedicated to taking action to protect our planet’s marine ecosystems. Additionally, Sean works as a member of the Pulse Team on youth conservation leadership initiatives.
Sean currently serves as a member of Youth Service America’s Board of Directors. He has also served on the State Farm Youth Advisory Board and Florida 4-H Foundation Board of Directors. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Florida. In his spare time, Sean enjoys hiking, kayaking, SCUBA diving, and traveling.