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CSTA Annual Meeting and Opening Session
Friday, October 18, 2019, 9:40am-10:10am

Join us for the CSTA Annual Meeting of members presided over by the 2019-2021 President Shawna Metcalf. Learn about how CSTA has taken a leadership role in all aspects of the implementation of CA-NGSS at the state level.

Keynote Presentation
Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:10 am - 11:10 am

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, PH.D. Founder & CEO, Ocean Collective & Urban Ocean Lab

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, conservation strategist, and Brooklyn native. She is founder and CEO of Ocean Collectiv, a strategy consulting firm for conservation solutions grounded in social justice. Her new venture is Ocean Policy Lab, a think tank focused on coastal cities. She also holds appointments as an adjunct professor at New York University, as a science scholar at Pioneer Works, and mentors next generation ocean leaders. Ayana earned a B.A. from Harvard University in Environmental Science and Public Policy, and a Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in marine biology, with a dissertation on the ecology, socio-economics, and policy of sustainably managing coral reefs. For her research, she was awarded fellowships from the National Science Foundation, Switzer Foundation, and American Association of University Women. The fish trap she invented to reduce bycatch won the first Rare/National Geographic Solution Search. She has been a resident at TED, a scholar at the Aspen Institute, and named to the Grist 50 and UCSD 40 Under 40 Alumni.

Closing Keynote Address - TBD
Sunday, October 20, 2019, 8:30 am - 9:30 am


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