Management Team:

 
 

BREN SMITH

Chief Mission Officer

Bren Smith is the owner of Thimble Island Ocean Farm and executive director of GreenWave. A lifelong commercial fisherman since the age of 14, Bren pioneered the development of restorative 3D ocean farming, which is designed to restore ocean ecosystems, mitigate climate change, and create blue-green jobs for fishermen — while ensuring healthy, local food for communities. His work has been profiled by CNN, Google Food, The New Yorker, Bon Appetit, and others. In 2015, he was the winner of the Buckminster Fuller Prize for ecological design and the Clinton Global Initiative award for ocean innovation. His writing has appeared in the New York Times and National Geographic. In 2013, Smith was chosen as one of six “Ocean Heroes” by Oceana and Future of Fish’s “Ocean Entrepreneur” of the year. He is an Ashoka and Echoing Green Fellow.


BRENDAN COFFEY

Marketing/Operations Manager

Brendan is a social entrepreneur with a background in building sustainable businesses.  He co-founded the non-profit GreenWave after graduating from Enstitute, where he apprenticed under the leaders of Shelby.tv and Sandbox. In recent years, Brendan has been awarded Forbes 30 Under 30: Social Entrepreneur and Echoing Green's Climate Fellowship. 

 

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NICK PASTORE

Farms Operations Manager

Nick graduated from the University of Connecticut at Storrs with a B.S. in Natural Resources and a concentration in fisheries management. He has over 8 years’ experience in land based agriculture from vegetable to dairy production. Combining his agricultural experience, degree, and passion for our world’s oceans and coastal environments he uses these skills to manage and oversee day to day work on the farm.

 


Daniel Marquez

Operations Manager

Daniel is former facilities specialist at the University of Santa Barbara. He bring his many years of experience into the world of ocean farming and processing infrastructure.  Specializing in water and energy efficiency, Dan designed and build the nation's most advanced seaweed hatchery.

 

 


Board of Directors:

 

BREN SMITH

Bren Smith is the owner of Thimble Island Ocean Farm and executive director of GreenWave. A lifelong commercial fisherman since the age of 14, Bren pioneered the development of restorative 3D ocean farming, which is designed to restore ocean ecosystems, mitigate climate change, and create blue-green jobs for fishermen — while ensuring healthy, local food for communities. His work has been profiled by CNN, Google Food, The New Yorker, Bon Appetit, and others. In 2015, he was the winner of the Buckminster Fuller Prize for ecological design and the Clinton Global Initiative award for ocean innovation. His writing has appeared in the New York Times and National Geographic. In 2013, Smith was chosen as one of six “Ocean Heroes” by Oceana and Future of Fish’s “Ocean Entrepreneur” of the year. He is an Ashoka and Echoing Green Fellow.

 

MIKE SHIM

Mike Shim is a veteran technology and consumer products entrepreneur, investor and lawyer based in Silicon Valley. He is the CEO of Truth North Cos., a venture operating company building purposeful companies that improve the world through business while delivering superior long-terms returns to their employees, investors and the communities they serve. Mike is a co-founder of New Frontier Foods Inc., makers of "Ocean's Halo" seaweed snacks and continues to serve on the Board of Directors. In addition, Mike serves as a Board member or Advisor of several private companies and non-profits, including GreenWave. He received his J.D. from Cornell Law School and B.A. from Georgetown University. 

 

NORMAN VILLARINA

Norman serves as Industry Capital's Managing Partner. IC invests in private equity real assets globally. IC's asset under management are $2 billion. Firm is based in San Francisco with affiliate offices in Houston, Mexico City and Lagos, Nigeria. In 1999, Norman co-founded Industry Ventures, a $1.8 billion venture capital firm specializing in the secondary market, and served as a general partner from 1999 to 2003. Prior to that, Norman was a private and public equity portfolio manager at Eos Partners and Cassandra-Chase Partners in New York, New York from 1995 to 1999. Norman has also held various positions in Wells Fargo Bank’s commercial lending group and in the derivatives group at Lehman Brothers. Norman holds a BA from the University of California at Berkeley and MBA from Columbia University.