ALTASEA AT THE PORT OF LOS ANGELES

AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles accelerates scientific collaboration, facilitates job creation and inspires the next generation for a more sustainable ocean.

San Pedro, CA   |  www.altasea.org

Mission

AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles is dedicated to accelerating scientific collaboration, advancing an emerging blue economy through business innovation and job creation, and inspiring the next generation, all for a more sustainable, just and equitable world.

Ruling year info

2014

President/CEO

Mr. Terry Tamminen

Main address

2451 Signal Street

San Pedro, CA 90731 USA

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EIN

46-3977904

NTEE code info

Marine Science and Oceanography (U21)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Oceans are key to human life and under threat (The Ocean Revealed, CNRS Editions, 2017). The Port of Los Angeles neighborhoods (San Pedro, Wilmington, Harbor City) suffer from low levels of income and education, and high rates of crime (http://maps.latimes.com/neighborhoods/). Ocean-based innovations can provide 100 million new jobs by 2025 (www.theblueeconomy.org). AltaSea is a singular solution that harnesses the oceans' potential for the benefit of the local community and the world.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Student Ocean Scientist Program

The Student Ocean Scientist program uses "citizen science” to engage communities in marine conservation. Students analyze and interpret data collected in the ocean to explain how human impacts play a key role in the health of the ocean and why ocean conservation is critical to our own survival.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Catalina Sea Ranch, AltaSea’s anchor business partner in the sustainable aquaculture cluster, educates students to the importance of raising sustainable protein sources within ocean ranches and the scientific methods of improving aquaculture.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI), in partnership with Reef Check and AltaSea, developed the Student Ocean Scientist Program, a marine curriculum to immerse students in the local marine environment, familiarize them with local ecosystems and introduce them to Reef Check’s citizen scientist concept, which tracks the status of marine resources in California through youth citizen science. The program targeted middle school students from Title 1 schools and in 2016 reached approximately 600 students from 21 schools during the pilot period. Reef Check and LAMI educators delivered the curriculum during three-hour sails on LAMI tall ships in and around Los Angeles Harbor.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Blue Robotics uses ROVs to present STEM lessons that emphasize critical thinking and the principles of engineering. Through lessons consisting of building and operating ROVs, students are encouraged to continue their education in engineering and math in middle and high schools and to explore careers in ocean robotics.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

AltaSea is a public-private partnership redeveloping a 35 acre property at the Port of Los Angeles into a world-class ocean-based campus where science, business and education come together to generate innovative solutions to three of the most critical global sustainability issues today: food, energy, and climate security. Ocean-related education is a vital component of AltaSea's mission to accelerate scientific collaboration, facilitate job creation, and inspire the next generation for a more sustainable ocean. AltaSea is a place where innovators collaborate to develop solutions critical to the survival of the earth and its inhabitants; the younger generation – particularly students from Title 1 schools lacking strong STEM programs – develops strong STEM skills and a pathway to STEM careers; and the community at large learns about and becomes involved in issues pertinent to creating an equitable future.

Innovation: Bringing ocean scientists and explorers together with entrepreneurs and corporate investors will spur advances in robotics, sustainable aquaculture and other "blue technologies" that will help solve climate change, food security, clean energy and other challenges facing humanity.

Economic Development: Our business incubator/accelerators will foster new companies creating next-generation jobs in the Blue Economy. A Kosmont Companies' study projects AltaSea's impact to be $290 million in annual economic activity and 1,350 permanent jobs - plus thousands of jobs during construction.

Education and Workforce Development: We incentivize tenants to give back to the community through reduced rents for educational programs and public access. Partnering with schools and youth development organizations, we pilot STEM education models that link disadvantaged youth with inspirational scientists, explorers, and entrepreneurs - creating Blue Economy career pathways.

AltaSea is a public-private venture redeveloping 35 acres of dockland at the Port of Los Angeles. The site has attracted every segment of the ocean protection community, along with corporate, civic and philanthropic leaders who see the potential. Powered by this asset, AltaSea has created a model to allow business to fuel science, science to stimulate business, and the whole of the endeavor to enrich and inspire the next generation of ocean explorers, innovators, and researchers.

Our 50-year lease with the Port includes a commitment by the City for $40 million in infrastructure. AltaSea has committed to raising $150 million to construct a 180,000 s.f. business and innovation center; a 60,000 s.f. research and higher education facility; a visitor-attracting wharf plaza; and a multifaceted engagement center capable of educating 50,000 visitors annually.

With $76+ million committed, an array of tenants and partners secured, and construction under way, the time for AltaSea is now.

• We have provided innovative STEM learning experiences to 4,500 K-12 students this year.

• AltaSea took possession and began renovation of the first 80,000 square feet of warehouse and wharf space for the founding Sustainable Aquaculture and Blue Tech Clusters.

• AltaSea has executed 12 Memorandums of Understanding with partners and tenants, expanding AltaSea's network of collaborators and innovators in science, business and education.

• AltaSea expanded its partnership with the pioneering ocean explorer Dr. Bob Ballard and his organization Ocean Exploration Trust (OET), providing STEM education programs to middle schools in the Central, East and South Districts of the Los Angeles Unified School District. AltaSea's partnership with OET has also led Dr. Ballard to choose AltaSea for the winter home of his research vessel, E/V Nautilus.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ALTASEA AT THE PORT OF LOS ANGELES

Board of directors
as of 2/2/2022
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Board chair

Geraldine Knatz

University of Southern California

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/02/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/02/2022

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.