Youth Council Member
Delaney is studying Marine Biology at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science in Miami, Florida and splits her time between that cosmopolitan city of a few million people where her family has lived for four generations and a 1,000-acre island with 43 solar-powered homes in the Florida Keys called No Name Key.
She is the Founder & CEO of an NGO, The Sink or Swim Project, and its popular website www.miamisearise.com, an educational and political advocacy organization focused on a variety of environmental topics including climate change and sea level rise. She is also the author and illustrator of three children’s books as well as a comic book on ecology topics and is completing a new book on the impact of climate change and sea rise in South Florida.
She’s a graduate of the Lonesome George and Outward Bound Academy of Agents of Change Leadership Training, a yearlong program that took her mountain climbing in North Carolina, hiking to the top of a volcano in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador and diving with sharks, penguins and sea turtles in the Galapagos. A Global Scholar, Delaney’s travels have also taken her to Hawaii and the Bahamas to study marine biology and on safari in Africa’s Kruger National Park.
Delaney has been honored as an inaugural National Geographic Teen Service Awardwinner, the Miami Herald’s Silver Knight Award for Social Science, the University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leader’s Award, the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, the University of Miami’s Singer Scholarship and a Foote Fellowship, amongst other honors.
She is an Ambassador for Dream In Green, a member of The CLEO Institute’s Leadership Circle, and the Miami-Dade County Rockefeller Foundation-Dade County Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities Steering Committee.
Delaney has given a popular TEDx Talk, addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York City, co-founded and hosted the 2017 March for Science Miami, appeared with actor/musician Jack Black on the National Geographic Channel’s Years of Living Dangerously, with Vice President Al Gore on MTV’s ‘An Inconvenient Special’ Town Hall and hosts ‘Saving Paradise’ on Public Television.
In her free time, Delaney enjoys travel, alternative rock music, acting, diving and fishing, writing and spending time with her family and friends. To learn more about Delaney and her work please visit www.delaneyreynolds.com.