Michaela is the Executive Director of emLab and oversees the strategy, management, fundraising, and outreach of the team. She is passionate about unleashing the potential in people and interdisciplinary teams to tackle the complex environmental challenges our world faces and arm stakeholders with science and tools available to guide their decisions.
Prior to working at emLab, she was the program director and a project manager for the Sustainable Fisheries Group where she worked with researchers and partners to develop scientific and conservation tools to guide decision making and reduce user conflicts in marine resource management. She has a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science from the University of Richmond and a Master’s in Coastal Marine Resource Management from the Bren School at UCSB. Michaela has also previously worked as a Sea Grant Knauss Fellow in the Program Coordination Office at NOAA, as the Latin American Fisheries Fellowship Coordinator at UCSB, on the Science of Marine Reserves team for the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Study of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), and as a corporate recruiter for a start-up company in Boston. Outside of work, you’ll most likely find her hanging out with her two kiddos at the beach or in the backyard, but she also enjoys running, teaching or taking yoga, coffee shops, skiing, swimming, scuba diving, surfing, and hiking.