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Ocean Exchange Team

Jana Davis

President, Chesapeake Bay Trust

Dr. Jana Davis is the Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, a non-profit grant-making organization.

The Trust is supported by a specialty vehicle license plate program and numerous partnerships with federal, state, local, corporate, and private entities for whom the Trust administers funds. Trust grant programs support watershed restoration, restoration science, community engagement, and K-12 environmental education, as well as innovation in those fields. The Trust is committed to helping break through barriers that slow improvement of habitat and water quality and to reaching out to under-engaged audiences.

Throughout her career, Jana has worked at the intersection of science, policy, and management in roles in research at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, in academia at Williams College, and as a Congressional Science Fellow with AAAS and AGU. She and the Trust have been honored by the White House, the Daily Record, and others for their work. Jana has degrees from Yale University and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

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“Ocean Exchange has a platform to enable people with information that they need to know about the ocean and then to showcase new technologies that are on the forefront of really helping the ocean and the planet.”

“The quality of the content and the people who are involved with Ocean Exchange is all high end.”

“Besides funding, Ocean Exchange provides access to a wide area network of incredibly talented people in organizations that really do just want to help people.”

“Ocean Exchange is really about helping the little guys grow and in so doing, helping the big guys be better ocean citizens.”

“Ocean Exchange seems to be much more focused on bringing to light under-capitalized, wonderful new technology ideas. And it’s all about two-way access to this new technology and to the people who can help with the experience to grow that technology.”

“Ocean Exchange is a force multiplier to enable sustainable innovation.”

“Ocean Exchange is a global, novel innovation forum that has a greater ability to attract a broader range of impactful stakeholders than any other event that’s out there.”

“Unquestionably, one of Ocean Exchange’s primary strengths is how it brings together people from different paths. That makes its event a delegator experience as well as experience for an innovator or awards nominee.”

“Ocean Exchange is entirely different from any of the other organizations that I’m involved in. It is about sustainable innovation. I think it’s also very different in the extremely broad range of stakeholders that it involves.”

“There’s nothing better than going to an event or engaging with people so you walk away and say, ‘Wow!’”