Founding Member, Ocean Collectiv



  • — Ocean planning
  • — Ocean policy

Dr. Sandra Whitehouse is a consultant who has served for over twenty years as an ocean policy advisor to multiple organizations and institutions, using her marine science expertise to advise clients on a variety of issues including how to advance ocean health and sustainably develop coastal and offshore projects. Currently, she serves as the Senior Policy Advisor to Ocean Conservancy focusing on the Ocean Planning, Trash Free Seas and Ocean Acidification programs and as the Chief Scientific Officer for AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles providing strategic guidance and leadership for AltaSea’s Science Hub that will initially include promoting sustainable aquaculture and developing technology for remote monitoring, sensing and ocean exploration. Former clients include the Rhode Island CZMA agency (Coastal Resources Management Council) the Rhode Island General Assembly and The Coastal States Stewardship Foundation. She has served on the boards of Save the Bay, the Nature Conservancy’s Rhode Island chapter, the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting, The Aquidneck Island Land Trust, Grow Smart Rhode Island and The Consortium for Ocean Leadership and presently sits on The Advisory Board for the Graduate School Of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, and The National Center for Science Education. Dr. Whitehouse holds a B.S. from Yale University and a Ph.D. in biological oceanography from the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island.