Board of Directors
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."
Lisa Holmes is Vice President of the Hunter Grubb Foundation, and acts as GreenWave’s Food Systems 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 over a decade, including serving on the board of CitySeed. Lisa is 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. She was an Associate Producer of Food Chains, the James Beard Foundation award-winning documentary. Lisa also serves on the Mid-Atlantic Region board of NatureBridge, which provides children with science-based environmental education in six national park locations.
Nathalie Laidler-Kylander is responsible for identifying and supporting DRK Entrepreneurs. She is one of the world’s leading experts on nonprofit brand management. Her passion for understanding and promoting the important role that brand plays for nonprofit organizations has resulted in a decade of research, teaching, and consulting. Nathalie has been a practitioner as well as an academic over the course of her career. Her courses, including many Executive Education programs, and multiple publications have targeted nonprofit leaders, with the goal of building marketing and branding capacity in the sector. Nathalie has supported many of her students as they created and launched social enterprises both at Tufts University, where she taught entrepreneurial marketing, and at Harvard where she currently teaches strategic management for nonprofits.
She has worked extensively in both the private and social sectors over the course of her 30-year career. As a biochemist, an MBA and a PhD, Nathalie also built on her experience in strategy consulting to hold a number of prominent positions in sales, marketing and management at Medtronic Inc. She led Doctors Without Borders programs in Armenia, worked for the UNDP in Senegal, and has consulted to dozens of both large and small nonprofit organizations.
Nathalie received a BS in Biochemistry from Imperial College at London University, an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and a PhD from Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Karen Hiniker Simons
Karen is a consultant with over 20+ years of experience working on research, critical analysis and business development for mission driven for-profits, non-profits and foundations. Since founding Hudson Varick Resources in 2010, she has focused on sustainable and equitable local economic development thorough food systems. Previously, Karen spent 10 years as Executive Director of the WellMet Group, a foundation that supports community based social innovation by funding emerging New York City non-profits. Prior to WellMet, Karen spent 15 years in the financial services industry.
Karen holds a Master in Business Administration and a Master in Public Policy from New York University, is a Certified Financial Analyst, a Master Gardener and serves on the Boards of Bedford 2020, GreenWave and Westchester Growers Alliance and the advisory board of Westchester Land Trust.
Bren Smith, ex officio
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.