Ocean Institute Staff


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.


Lane Avery
Chief Financial Officer

Hometown: Almont, Michigan

Education: Michigan State University (BA); University of Houston (MBA)

Why I work at Ocean Institute: Spending my summers while growing up on Elk Lake in Michigan, I gained an appreciation for water quality, its connection to the environment and of course all the recreational opportunities that a lake affords!  Since then, I have spent my career working for CPA firms and other great companies in accounting, auditing and technology.  Ocean Institute provides me with a unique opportunity to do something a little more soulful, using my background and experiences to support its important mission promoting ocean education, research and conservation.


Wendy Marshall
Vice President of Education

Hometown: Huntington Beach, California

Education: University of Southern California

Why I work at Ocean Institute: The Ocean Institute is a dream setting for an educator who is passionate about education, research, and the environment. Having worked in education for over twenty years, I have seen the power of real-world, hands-on learning experiences and the benefits of connecting young minds to cutting edge research through age-appropriate lessons. The Ocean Institute provides a context like no other for developing curiosity and the habits of mind that will help visitors see the world and themselves in a new way. I work here because the people, programs, and unique resources provide the best context to practice my passion and contribute to the ocean.


Emma Opie