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Hero of the Week: Daniela Fernandez, Founder and CEO of the Sustainable Ocean Alliance | Our Daily Planet

Daniela Fernandez started the Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) as a student club at Georgetown University (where I – Monica – first met her) — but she has taken this organization to another level in the last two years — moving it to San Francisco, raising millions in seed funding, and launching it as a full-scale non-profit dedicated to youth engagement on ocean conservation. The SOA Ocean Solution Accelerator partners with young entrepreneurs to provide them the guidance and resources they need to scale their businesses — each one receives a $25,000 investment and access to an 8-week leadership and development program in the San Francisco Bay Area. Daniela also founded the world’s largest network of young ocean leaders with a presence in over 80 countries and supporting over 1,000 projects. This week we have taken a deep dive into how the Millennial generation is changing the face of conservation and also the way in which they are having an impact — they are determined to use the power of their consumer choices, technology, and innovative social impact businesses rather than relying on government action to catalyze change.  Daniela is a Millenial change-maker and leader and for that, we salute her this week! 

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