“Investing In Tomorrow” through innovative learning opportunities that advance scientific and environmental awareness.


Dan Pingaro
President & CEO

Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA

Education: Colorado State University

Why I Work at Ocean Institute: My life passion is the ocean, and my life goal is to ensure future generations have the same ocean joy and opportunities that I had growing up at the beach.  My deep commitment to the ocean via my education, research and environmental work dovetails perfectly with the Ocean Institute.  I feel lucky to be at Ocean Institute and to pursue my life passion every day.

Executive Committee Chair

Charles C. (Cliff) Bream III
CEO, Next Graphite, Inc.

Executive Committee SecretaryChair of Development Committee

Maurice Masson
Masson Family Foundation

Executive Committee Chair of Building and Facilities Committee

Mel Chambers
MLPC Investments, LLC

Executive Committee Chair of Board Governance

Bill Steel
Samuels, Green & Steel, LLP

Executive Committee Chair of Education Committee

Susan Paish

Executive Committee Chair of Finance Committee

Steve Tappan
Tappan Enterprises

Board Director

James Swenson
Retired Business Leader

Board Director

Michael Torcaso

Board Director

Mayor Debra Lewis

Governmental Representative

Lisa Bartlett
OC Board of Supervisors, 5th District

Governmental Representative

Paul N. Wyatt
Mayor Pro Tem