Dedicated to protecting the world’s five oceans.

Who We Are

Oceans 5 includes new and experienced philanthropists with a common inspiration for collaborative, results-oriented grantmaking.   We share a desire to secure tangible improvements in global ocean health, while also strengthening ocean conservation philanthropy.

  • Ann Colley
  • Herbert Bedolfe
  • Kristian Parker
  • Tris Lewis
  • Tracey Durning
  • J. Charles Fox
  • Addison Fischer
  • Ted Waitt
  • Jacob James
  • Justin Winters
  • Anisa Kamadoli Costa
  • Samara Rudolph
  • Jennifer Holyer
  • Stephen Campbell
  • Trevor Bacon
  • Seth Horstmeyer
  • Kate Mulligan
  • Antha Williams
  • Adrian Arias
  • Jim Angell
  • Shannon Joy
  • Melissa Wright
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Cindy Mercer


Founder and Director
Stellar Blue Fund

MIKE LIGHT is an environmentally-focused artist. He is the founder and director of the Stellar Blue Fund, a marine conservation organization with an emphasis on international MPAs and high-seas governance.

A native of Long Island’s East End, Mike is delighted to carry on the spirit of his family’s seminal agricultural land preservation there in a more liquid and global incarnation, and honored to be Oceans 5’s newest member.

Mike has made a career in the visual arts by metaphorically and literally putting himself in extreme landscape spaces and then examining their meanings, often in in terms of American power and culture. He has exhibited globally, and his work has been collected by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Getty Research Institute, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The New York Public Library, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, among others.

For the last seventeen years, Mike has aerially photographed over settled and unsettled areas of American space, pursuing themes of mapping, vertigo, human impact on the land, and various aspects of geologic time and the sublime. A private pilot and Guggenheim Fellow, he is currently working on an extended survey of the arid Western states. Radius Books published the first of a multi-volume series of this work, Bingham Mine/Garfield Stack, in 2009. The second, LA Day/LA Night, was released in 2011. The third, Lake Las Vegas/Black Mountain, was published in 2015.

Light is also known for his archive-based works. His first, FULL MOON (1999), used lunar geological survey imagery made by the Apollo astronauts to show the moon both as a sublime desert and an embattled point of first human contact. 100 SUNS (2003), focused on the politics and landscape meanings of military photographs of U.S. atmospheric nuclear detonations from 1945 to 1962.

Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Amherst College and a Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. He has lived in the Bay Area since 1986.

Ann Colley

Director of Public Relations & Charitable Giving
Moore Capital Management
VP of The Moore Charitable Foundation

ANN COLLEY is director of public relations and charitable giving at Moore Capital Management, LP and executive director and vice president of The Moore Charitable Foundation (MCF) and its affiliate foundations.

As the principal adviser to Moore Charitable founder and chairman, Louis Bacon, Ann has spent more than two decades guiding the foundation’s grant making and partnerships with many of the nation’s foremost conservation organizations. She also represents Moore Charitable in collaboration with local community organizations.

A native of North Carolina, Ann joined MCF in 1994 as its first executive director, after working in presidential, gubernatorial and congressional campaigns. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Waterkeeper Alliance, which MCF was instrumental in founding, and is on the board of the University of North Carolina’s Institute for the Environment. She is a member of The National Council of the Land Trust Alliance, Oceana’s Ocean Council, and Oceans 5.

Ann attended Hollins University and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She lives in New York City and has two sons.

Herbert Bedolfe

Executive Director
Marisla Foundation

HERBERT "BETO" BEDOLFE is the executive director of the Marisla Foundation where he has focused on international biodiversity conservation, protection of the marine environment and environmental health since 1992.

Prior to his current responsibilities, Mr. Bedolfe directed programs for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), primarily in West and Southern Africa.  He has lived in the Cape Verde Islands and Mozambique and, with the World Bank and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he implemented short-term assignments in Guinea Bissau and Sao Tome-Principe.  From 1977 – 80, he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay. Beto served for six years as chair of the board of directors of Oceana, an international marine conservation organization, and he is also a member of the board of directors of the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) Environment Fund.  Previously he served as a board member and the treasurer of the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity. Mr. Bedolfe earned his B.A. degree from Swarthmore College and his Master’s of Business Administration from California Lutheran University.  He resides in Southern California and is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.

Kristian Parker

Oak Foundation

KRISTIAN PARKER is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Oak Foundation and a member of its founding family. He has directed the Oak Foundation’s environment program since its inception in 1998 and has worked fulltime for the program since 2003.

The Oak Foundation’s environment program dedicates a majority of its resources to two of the world’s biggest challenges: climate change and collapsing fishing stocks.

Parker has launched several funder Collaboratives in these areas with great success. He is both a British and Danish citizen, born in Aalborg, Denmark and raised in Switzerland. He graduated from Colby College and received a Doctorate in Environmental Sciences from the Duke Marine Laboratory. From 2001 to 2002 Parker held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Kewalo Marine Laboratory in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is also Chairman of the Board of Oceana and a founding board member of the European Climate Foundation.

Tris Lewis

Programme Officer
Oak Foundation

TRIS LEWIS joined the Oak Foundation in 2008 as the Programme Officer for the European Marine Conservation Programme.

In addition to managing the portfolio of European grants he also has additional responsibility for the oversight of the majority of marine conservation grants that fall outside of Oak’s marine conservation priority regions.

Prior to joining Oak Foundation, Tris worked at the University of Plymouth as a researcher. Projects included establishing a marine spatial plan for Lyme Bay and analysis of the hinterland of ports along England’s south coast. In addition, he has previously worked in humanitarian aid at Medair, including missions in Darfur, Kosovo and Burma. Tris has a Masters of Science in Coastal and Ocean Policy.

Tracey Durning

Oceans 5 Board Member

TRACEY DURNING, Founder and CEO of 49 prince street, is a social change strategist and entrepreneur who focuses on climate change, marine conservation and animal welfare.

Tracey is the Executive Director of Planet Heritage Foundation, where she manages the grant-making portfolio, builds its startup initiatives, and collaborates with an array of philanthropists, investors and influencers around shared issue areas.

Her passion for Oceans 5 stems from her belief in leveraged collaboration and the sharing of assets (funding, knowledge, networks and influence) to support projects more strategically for impact and scale.

In climate change, Tracey is a co-founder of the Aligned Intermediary, a nonprofit organization created to help large scale, long-term investors (LTIs) — sovereign funds, pension funds, endowments, family offices, insurance companies, and foundations — channel significant amounts of institutional capital into resource innovation investments (energy, water, waste) across the planet. As of its launch in October 2015, four LTI’s had signed letters of intent to deploy a billion dollars of capital through AI-identified transactions.

She is also a co-founder and Board Member of Energy Options Network (EON), a consultancy group comprised of real world doers created to catalyze the expansion of zero-carbon energy technology options to help address climate change on a global scale, as well as a Co-founder of the Electrification Coalition, a nonpartisan group of industry leaders committed to transportation electrification in the US at mass scale.

In animal welfare, Tracey is a co-founder and the CEO of Target Zero (TZ), a nonprofit group which mentors proven best practices to leaders in cities nationwide to help them go from high kill shelter rates (of adoptable cats and dogs) down to zero kill, ideally in three years or less. TZ’s first Fellow City of Waco, Texas will be at zero kill in 2015, with Huntsville and Indianapolis not far behind. She is also a supporter of Wild Aid, committed to ending the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetime.


J. Charles Fox

Oceans 5 Executive Director

J. CHARLES FOX coordinates Oceans 5 on behalf of its Partners and Members. Prior to joining Oceans 5, he served in senior positions with federal and state governments, as well as nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.

He served as the Assistant Administrator for Water at the US Environmental Protection Agency and as the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.  Fox also directed the international ocean conservation programs for the Pew Charitable Trusts and served with several conservation organizations including American Rivers, Friends of the Earth and the Environmental Policy Institute.  Fox is viewed as a thoughtful, results-oriented manager with 30 years of experience in the field.

Addison Fischer

Co-founder and President
Planet Heritage Foundation (PHF)

ADDISON FISCHER is the Co-founder and President of Planet Heritage Foundation (PHF), which is devoted to protecting the environment by leading and supporting effective strategic collaborations.

In his professional life, Mr. Fischer is a computer entrepreneur, the Founder of VeriSign and was formerly the co-owner of Duquesne Capital Management with Mr. Stanley Druckenmiller until Mr Druckenmiller retired in 2010.

PHF launched Oceans 5 in 2011 with the other Partner foundations as a means to grant collectively and more strategically, as well as give newer funders a safe and trusted place to invest.

The foundation recently funded two new climate change initiatives, one called Energetics which has the primary goal of identifying and promoting game-changing technology solutions, as well as a project at Stanford University’s Global Project Center, which seeks to better understand how impact/philanthropic capital can more effectively interface with for-profit capital.

Other PHF initiatives and projects include:  the Electrification Coalition — a nonpartisan alliance of business leaders committed to promoting electric vehicles on a mass scale; the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust which PHF spearheaded a funders’ circle around; and, the TED Mission Blue Voyage to fulfill Dr. Sylvia Earle’s TED Wish, whereby 100 influential leaders gathered for a week seeking solutions to restore the health of the oceans.

Mr. Fischer serves as a director of The Jane Goodall Institute and the East West Institute, and is on the advisory boards of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), the Amazon Conservation Team and the Sylvia Earle Foundation.

Ted Waitt

Co-Founder & former Chairman
and CEO of Gateway, Inc.

TED WAITT, co-founder and former chairman and CEO of Gateway, Inc., helped revolutionize how people use technology to live, work, and play through pioneering the direct marketing of personal computers.

Labeled a maverick by national business publications, he has since gone on to form multiple enterprises: Avalon Capital Group, Inc., Avalon Pictures, Waitt Foundation, Waitt Institute, and Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention. Ted oversees all Waitt Foundation and Waitt Institute efforts and is actively engaged in each project from conception to completion.  As Chairman of the Waitt Foundation, Ted was a founding partner and serves as board member of Oceans 5.  He also serves on the boards of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the National Geographic Society.

Jacob James

Managing Director
Waitt Foundation

JACOB A. JAMES is Managing Director of the Waitt Foundation, where he creates and manages novel approaches to philanthropy and public-private partnerships around the world. His varied areas of expertise include public affairs, philanthropy, ocean conservation, science and exploration, organizational development, sustainable economic development, and civic engagement.

Joining the enterprise through Avalon Capital Group in 2009 as policy advisor and executive assistant to Waitt Foundation Chairman and Gateway, Inc. co-founder Mr. Ted Waitt, Jacob has served as the primary public liaison for Mr. Waitt’s global companies, staff, public policy, and philanthropic activities since that time.  Jacob manages a portfolio of relationships including over two dozen governments, and major non-profit and multi-lateral institutions ranging from the National Geographic Society, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, to the international work of the Clinton Foundation and the UN High Commission on Small Island Developing Sates (SIDS).

Today, Jacob is a member of the Waitt Foundation & Institute Boards of Directors, having stewarded the business and strategic planning processes for the successful 2013 re-launch of the Waitt Institute.

Drawing from his extensive public affairs experience in the U.S. and abroad, Jacob’s approach to philanthropy and public policy is rooted in pragmatism and results.  Previously, Jacob staffed Congresswoman Susan A. Davis (2006-2009), working both in-district in his home town of San Diego, and in Washington, DC on Capitol Hill.  Prior to the Congresswoman, he worked for the full service public affairs firm The San Diego Group, and volunteered on the front lines of several political campaigns.

Jacob holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Point Loma Nazarene University and a master’s degree in government from Georgetown University.  He has also earned a Certificate in Organizational Development from the Center on Creative Leadership, and a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the Lilly School of Philanthropy at the Indiana University–Purdue University.

On behalf of the Waitt Foundation, Jacob serves on the boards of The San Diego Foundation and the Phoenix Islands Protected Area Conservation Trust.  In Winter 2015, Jacob was named Acting Managing Director of the Waitt Institute, resuming the role of Senior Advisor in 2017.  In this role, he focuses on Government Relations and Diplomacy.

Justin Winters

Executive Director
Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

JUSTIN WINTERS is the Executive Director of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. Over the past 7 years, Justin has helped Leonardo reshape his approach to philanthropy and activism, leveraging his position as a global figure to influence decision-makers and the public on pressing environmental issues.

The Foundation is dedicated to protecting the Earth’s last wild places and implementing solutions that create a harmonious relationship between humanity and the natural world.  Justin has spearheaded efforts to build capacity both for creative philanthropy and innovative communications in partnership with a wide-ranging network of NGO’s, cultural influencers, and environmental experts. Justin currently serves on World Wildlife Fund’s National Council and on the Board of The Solutions Project.  

Anisa Kamadoli Costa

Chief Sustainability Officer, Tiffany & Co.
Chairman and President, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation

ANISA KAMADOLI COSTA is chief sustainability officer at Tiffany & Co. and also serves as chairman and president of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation.

In this dual role, reporting to the CEO of Tiffany & Co., Anisa oversees the company’s global corporate responsibility agenda and directs a $6 million strategic grantmaking portfolio on behalf of the Foundation.

Prior to joining Tiffany & Co., Anisa worked at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, an international grantmaking foundation. She has also worked at J.P. Morgan Chase, Monitor Group and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.

Anisa serves on the board of directors of Philanthropy New York and recently served as chair of the board of the Environmental Grantmakers Association, an affinity group composed of more than 220 foundations from the U.S., Canada and Europe representing over $1 billion in environmental grantmaking.

Anisa’s leadership on CSR issues includes serving on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Mining & Metals, where she helps provide thought leadership on transformations affecting the mining and metals industries as they seek to forge a sustainable, long-term future. Anisa is also a member of the Founders’ Circle of the B Team, a nonprofit initiative that aims to reposition private industry as a driving force for social, environmental and economic good.

Anisa holds a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College/Columbia University and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Samara Rudolph

Manager, Global Sustainability, Tiffany & Co.
Program Officer, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation

SAMARA RUDOLPH serves as Program Officer of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation and Manager of Global Sustainability at Tiffany & Co.

Since joining Tiffany & Co. in 2007, Samara has been involved in the Foundation’s grantmaking in responsible mining, coral conservation and urban parks. Additionally, Samara executes and advances Tiffany & Co.’s global corporate responsibility strategies and activities through her CSR role. For many years, she has actively volunteered and provided pro-bono fundraising support to pediatric cancer organizations. Samara holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Barnard College/Columbia University in New York.

Jennifer Holyer

Oceans 5 Administrator

Jennifer assists Oceans 5 with grants, invoices, calendars, meetings, and other administrative support.

Prior to joining Oceans 5 in 2017, Jen worked in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem conserving large predators and their habitats through education and fundraising. A sailor and flyfisherman originally from the Gulf Coast, she is passionate about oceans, water, and conservation of resources. Through nonprofit grant-seeking, board membership, and project management, she has been fortunate to make a small difference in big causes, and continues to learn and contribute to the world of conservation through her work with Oceans 5.

Stephen Campbell

Campaigns Leader, Environment Program
Oak Foundation

STEPHEN CAMPBELL joined the Oak Foundation in 2015. He is the campaigns leader for the environment program and works in the philanthropic portfolio on marine and climate change issues.

He has worked for several international environmental organizations in senior management positions including the Antarctic Ocean Alliance, Greenpeace Australia-Pacific and Greenpeace International. Throughout his substantial career as a campaigner and activist, Steve has participated in the full spectrum of environmental change from the front line of coal blockades to multilateral treaty negotiations to the boardrooms of some of the world’s largest companies. He has worked extensively in East and South-East Asia and the Pacific.

Steve is on the board of, was formerly on the general assembly of Greenpeace China, and holds an honors degree in Law from Macquarie University, Sydney and a qualification in Legal Practice from the Australian National University, Canberra.

Trevor Bacon

Program Officer, Marine Programs
The Moore Charitable Foundation

TREVOR BACON is responsible for developing and implementing grantmaking for MCF marine programs with Panama and the Bahamas as areas of focus.

Moore Charitable’s marine program supports the conservation of marine resources for the benefit of current and future generations with a grantmaking approach that is community-based and site-specific. Trevor manages grantee relationships and works closely with other marine funders on the creation and implementation of innovative solutions to persistent marine conservation problems. He has a strategic concentration on sustained research and conservation efforts on overexploited and vulnerable species, including sharks and cetaceans, as well as the protection of specific marine ecosystems.

Seth Horstmeyer

Oceans 5 Program Director

SETH HORSTMEYER manages the marine protected area (MPA) portfolio for Oceans 5.

Prior to joining Oceans 5 Seth worked for the past 17 years defending key domestic environmental laws, promoting new conservation policies, and creating MPAs globally.

Most recently, Seth served as a director for the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Ocean Legacy project where he worked to create marine reserves in Chile, France, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, the U.K. and the U.S. He has also worked on many other conservation issues throughout his career including climate change, energy efficiency, water quality, endangered species, forest protection and sustainable fisheries. Seth holds a bachelors degree in geology from Miami University of Ohio.


Kate Mulligan

Relationship Manager
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Kate joined the Strategic Initiatives Team as a Relationship Manager in Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ New York office in February of 2012.

Prior to this, for three years she was an Associate in RPA’s Los Angeles office providing administrative and strategic support to the organization. While in Los Angeles, Kate served as co-chair for Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy’s (EPIP) Los Angeles Chapter. Currently, Kate manages several of RPA’s sponsored projects, many of which have an environmentally focused organizational mission.

Kate brought to RPA a strong background in business finance and client outreach as well as a personal commitment to community service. Kate is a graduate of Fordham University where she received her undergraduate degree in anthropology, one of her many passions. While at Fordham, Kate was an active member of the Global Outreach Program, a cultural immersion and service program.

Antha Williams

Environment Program Lead
Bloomberg Philanthropies

ANTHA N. WILLIAMS leads the Environment Program at Bloomberg Philanthropies, Michael R. Bloomberg’s philanthropic organization with a mission to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. 

Under Antha’s direction, Bloomberg Philanthropies supports environmental initiatives to improve sustainability of cities around the world, to accelerate the transition to clean energy, and to combat overfishing. Bloomberg Philanthropies’ environment program also serves as the hub of Michael Bloomberg’s personal efforts to combat climate change – including in his role as United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for cities and Climate Change. Previously Antha served as Senior Vice President at Corridor Partners, a donor advisory firm focused on climate and clean energy. Antha also worked as the Advocacy Executive at Atlantic Philanthropies, a global philanthropic foundation, and as Program Officer at Beldon Fund, where she worked on environmental issues in the United States. Outside of philanthropy, Antha has worked as a campaigner and organizer, directing large scale voter protection efforts and serving in leadership positions for five years with Green Corps, a training program for aspiring environmental organizers. Antha graduated from Dartmouth College and lives in New York.

Adrian Arias

Oceans 5 Program Manager

ADRIAN ARIAS develops and manages Oceans 5 projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.

A native of Costa Rica, Adrian brings considerable experience working in Latin America on topics ranging from community-level fisheries management to academic research. Adrian holds a MSc and PhD from James Cook University (JCU) in Townsville, Australia where he looked at fishers’ compliance with marine protected areas. He worked in Latin America on a range of marine-related topics including fisheries, tourism, coastal reforestation, science communication, and marine spatial planning.  Adrian is passionate about contributing to marine conservation through pragmatic efforts that consider the environment and people’s wellbeing.

Jim Angell

Director of Conservation and Board Member
Paul M. Angell Family Foundation

JIM ANGELL'S work at the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation focuses primarily on supporting efforts to protect and conserve the world's ocean habitats, coral reefs, and apex predators whose survival is imperiled by overfishing and global climate change.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Jim worked as an attorney for nearly two decades for Earthjustice, a public interest environmental law firm. As an attorney in Earthjustice’s Bozeman, Montana office, and later as the managing attorney in the organization’s Denver, Colorado office, he litigated and directed numerous cases whose goals were to protect the landscapes and endangered species of the American west, and to preserve the clean air and water upon which the region’s residents depend.

Jim has degrees from Columbia College (BA), the University of California at Los Angeles (MA), and the University of California at Berkeley (JD). Jim lives in Denver, Colorado with his two sons, of whom he is inordinately proud.

Shannon Joy

Director, Joy Family Foundation
Board Member, SEAlliance/Mission Blue

Shannon serves as Director of the Joy Family Foundation, which focuses on the protection of our marine ecosystems and the biodiversity and conservation of our ocean.

She serves on the boards of SEAlliance/Mission Blue, working with Dr. Sylvia Earle and with Peter Knights of WildAid.

Shannon grew up on a farm in rural Michigan then studied Political Science at University of Colorado, Boulder. After college she traveled extensively and spent three years working and living in the home of the late artist Robert Rauschenberg in NYC. This amazing gift of beauty and exposure to the world of visual arts, dance and creative innovation formed the foundation of her career going forward. She studied at the National Holistic Institute, Berkeley and worked for two decades in the healing arts. She has also photographed and worked with groups in Cambodia, Scott Neeson of the Cambodian Children’s Fund and Dr. Nancy Hendrie of The Sharing Foundation .

Shannon and her husband Bill spent 5 years building the energy efficient sailboat Ethereal, which is often used as an ocean conservation platform for education, research and film. Bill and Shannon live in Northern California and Colorado; they have four children.

Melissa Wright

Environment Team
Bloomberg Philanthropies

MELISSA WRIGHT is a member of the Environment Program at Bloomberg Philanthropies where she leads the team’s oceans initiatives and supports other program efforts.

Prior to joining the Philanthropy, Melissa was the Director of the City Energy Project – an initiative to cut energy waste in large buildings and make U.S. cities healthier and more prosperous through energy efficiency. Melissa worked on energy and climate issues in Mayor Bloomberg’s Administration for six years. During this time, she served at both the New York City Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability as well as the DCAS Division of Energy Management where she was responsible for implementation of the PlaNYC initiative to reduce municipal greenhouse gas emissions. She also spent time in development and membership engagement at Greenbelt Alliance in San Francisco. Melissa holds a master’s degree of public administration in environmental policy and science from Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs where she is now an Adjunct Professor. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Oberlin College and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Founder, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

LEONARDO DICAPRIO is an Academy Award® winner and longtime environmental advocate whose Foundation is dedicated to protecting the Earth's last wild places and implementing solutions that create a harmonious relationship between humanity and the natural world.

Since 1998, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has worked on a range of issues including land, oceans and species conservation, climate change and disaster relief — through grantmaking, campaigning and media projects.  The Foundation’s strategic approach to philanthropy relies upon active collaboration with effective organizations and other funders who share our goals and can magnify our impact.  Leonardo also currently serves on the board of the World Wildlife Fund, Pristine Seas, The Natural Resources Defense Council and International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Cindy Mercer

Co-founder and Vice President
Planet Heritage Foundation

CINDY MERCER serves as a director of several public and private charities. As a former attorney, pilot, and entrepreneur, Cindy has come to believe that the marketplace alone cannot solve social and environmental problems.

Cindy Mercer is captivated by the power of partnership! She is deeply passionate about learning from and connecting an extraordinary network of entrepreneurial philanthropists, investors, business leaders, and social change makers to solve problems together.

With Addison Fischer, Cindy Co-founded Planet Heritage Foundation (PHF), a grant making and impact investing foundation focused on climate change, marine conservation, biodiversity, animal welfare and sustainable agriculture.

In climate change, PHF launched the Aligned Intermediary, an investment advisory group that helps institutional investors accelerate and increase the flow of private capital into climate infrastructure projects including clean energy, water, and waste-to-value. To date, AI’s members have committed to deploy $1.3 billion of capital.

PHF also launched Energy Options Network (EON), an advisory partner to AI, focused on earlier stage technologies and industries (i.e. advanced nuclear, fusion, ccs, liquid fuels), as well as the Electrification Coalition, a nonpartisan group of industry leaders committed to transportation electrification in the US at mass scale.

In marine conservation, PHF was involved in the initial launch of Oceans 5, and also sponsored several strategic TED initiatives, including two Mission Blue voyages.

PHF works with  49 prince street to design and build the social enterprises it supports. Together, they take a systems approach to addressing social issues, mobilizing a variety of stakeholders and their collective assets—capital, knowledge, networks, influence—toward large scale solutions.

Early in her journey, Cindy worked with President Carter to help establish the Carter Center, followed by a career as a lawyer and entrepreneur. Following an IPO, Cindy established and spent down a family foundation. A decade of “writing checks to learn” afforded her a deep learning curve and appreciation for the power of collaboration and high leverage grant-making.

Cindy serves on the board of Oceans 5, The Philanthropy Workshop, the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and she is an advisor to several primary donor education initiatives including the Johnson Center for Family Philanthropy and the Raikes Foundation Impact-Driven Philanthropy Initiative.