Water Challenge Manager
Sean Russell has dedicated his professional career to empowering young people with the tools and motivation they need to become involved in leadership initiatives. After graduating from the University of Florida in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Sean has worked with a diverse set of corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations to elevate the roll of youth leadership in the fields of marine science, education, and conservation. Sean is the founder and director of the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit, an annual event held at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL which is also modeled in cities across the United States in partnership with conservation organizations. Through this program, Sean works to empower young people with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to address ocean conservation issues in their local communities.
Sean first joined the EarthEcho International team in 2015 as a Youth Leadership Fellow, overseeing the implementation of EarthEcho’s inaugural Youth Leadership Council. He has also served in roles with Mote Marine Laboratory and Georgia Sea Grant. Sean is a member of the National Marine Educators Association Board of Directors, and a former member of the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, and the Board of Directors of Youth Service America and the Florida 4-H Foundation. He is a recipient of the Brower Youth Award, Peter Benchley Ocean Award, and Sarasota Bay Estuary Program Blue Dolphin Award for his conservation work. In his spare time Sean enjoys hiking, kayaking, SCUBA diving, traveling, and photography. He is looking forward to the opportunity to empowering individuals around the world to connect to and protect their water resources through the EarthEcho Water Challenge program.