About the Panelists
Sarah Sikich, Vice President, Heal the Bay
Sarah is responsible for advancing Heal the Bay’s strategic priorities through scientific research, advocacy, and legislative campaigns. She also builds strategic partnerships with diverse stakeholders to advance Heal the Bay’s initiatives. Sarah earned her Bachelor’s in Marine and Freshwater Biology from the University of New Hampshire, and her Master’s from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB. When she’s not busy fighting for the ocean, Sarah can be found surfing it.
Mike Schaadt, Director, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Mike Schaadt, a life-long Southern Californian, is Director of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (CMA), which is owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles, Recreation and Parks Department with support from Friends of CMA. Mike has taught formal and informal marine science education for more than 35 years. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology and a Master’s degree in Biology from CSU Long Beach. He has a keen interest in finding novel ways to motivate people to learn about and care for the oceans. His research interest is the natural history of plankton with special emphasis on deepsea forms. He has been a SCUBA diver for over 40 years and is an avid ocean swimmer spending many of his lunch hours in the waters of Cabrillo Beach.
Phyllis Grifman, USC Sea Grant
Phyllis Grifman is Associate Director of the USC Sea Grant Program. Her background in marine and environmental policy informs her work administering the NOAA Sea Grant Program at the University of Southern California. As Associate Director of the USC Sea Grant program, she manages the program’s research, outreach and education portfolios, in addition to working with stakeholders at state, local and federal levels. Phyllis received her B.A. and M.A. (Political Science) from the University of California Santa Barbara. Her major interests include marine policy development and implementation, and public education.