Millicent Wallace Pitts

Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director

Millicent Wallace Pitts is the CEO/Executive Director of, a non-profit in its tenth year with the sole mission to help the advancement of innovative solutions that support healthy and sustainable oceans and coastal systems.

Millicent was an operating executive for thirty years in the chemical/materials industry with Atlantic Richfield, Rohm & Haas, Engelhard/BASF and with a university-based start-up.  She holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.   While at Ocean Exchange she has helped grow a start-up ecosystem with roles as  innovation judge at Penn Innovation Day,  as a mentor at Cleantech Open Northeast, as a member of the NOAA sub-committee on the Blue Economy, as a steering committee member of, and as a judge at the DOE/NREL Marine Energy Collegiate Competition.