Board of Directors


Dan Marquez

Daniel co-owns the Santa Barbara based ocean farm, PharmerSea, with his wife, Antoinette. A native to Santa Barbara and son to a Californian migrant farmer, Daniel is GreenWave’s first ocean farmer on the West Coast. As a former facilities specialist at the University of Santa Barbara, he brings years of experience into the world of ocean farming and processing infrastructure. Specializing in water and energy efficiency, Daniel supported GreenWave in designing and building the nation’s most advanced seaweed hatchery.


Dave Blaney

David is the owner and farmer behind Port Judith Kelp Co. and is an 11th generation fisher turned ocean farmer from Rhode Island. As a lifelong fisher and coastal entrepreneur with a degree in ocean engineering from the University of Rhode Island, David brings a wide range of skills and experience to the new blue-green economy. David is GreenWave’s first farmer in Rhode Island and is already working to support the next generation of ocean farmers in the state.

Lisa Holmes

Lisa Holmes is GreenWave’s Food Systems Senior Strategic Advisor. She brings her years of experience in bringing together organizations from multiple sectors (agriculture, community-based/grassroots NGOs, economic investment and philanthropy) and leveraging their respective capacities to create infrastructure and programmatic initiatives that promote local food access and justice. She has worked with grassroots and community efforts to transform the local food system in Connecticut for a decade, including serving on the board of CitySeed. Lisa is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Region board of NatureBridge, which provides children with science-based environmental education in six national park locations and is also currently serving as President of the board of the Pleiades Network, which envisions widespread and equal representation of women in all levels of leadership influencing positive progress toward sustainability.

Sean Barrett

Sean Barrett is a veteran of both the restaurant and fishing industries of New York, and a co-founder of the Dock to Dish movement. His innovative and acclaimed membership-based supply programs connect small-scale and artisanal fishermen directly to local communities through wild seafood sourcing cooperatives that build resilience to climate change.

Since launching the original Dock to Dish program in 2012 with help from the Concerned Citizens of Montauk Association, support from chef Dan Barber of Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and the careful guidance from his close friend, farmer Scott Chaskey at Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett — an original birthplace of community supported agriculture in the United States — Barrett’s organization has proliferated into an expansive international network of community and restaurant supported fisheries that are now being broadly recognized as an important blueprint for a future of sustainable seafood.

He is a founding member of both the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) and the Amagansett Food Institute (AFI); is a longtime pod member for the Future of Fish organization; and has been named Person of the Year by the United Restaurant and Tavern Owners (URTO) Association of New York State.

Barrett has also been ranked among the 25 Most Daring Individuals of 2016 by Vanity Fair magazine; named to Grist’s list of the Foremost 50 People Fighting for a More Sustainable Future; listed as one of Sonima's top 50 Innovators Shaping the Future of Wellness; identified as one of the Top 7 Leaders of the Future of Food by Bon Appetit magazine; designated as New York State's ambassador to the "United States of Healthy" by editors of Cooking Light magazine; nominated by both the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Carl Safina to be recognized by the White House as a United States Champion of Change for Sustainable Seafood; and recently appointed to serve as a member of the New York State Marine Resources Advisory Council under Gov. Andrew Cuomo."

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. He has won the Buckminster Fuller Prize for ecological design, the European Sustainia Award, and is a finalist for the SeaWeb Seafood Champions Award. 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 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.