Who's Involved

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The individuals below are valued colleagues of the Shark Conservation Fund working above and beyond their already demanding conservation roles to advance the goals of the SCF. Their contributions give all of us hope that these species will recover and rebound. 

Advisory Board

  • Jim Angell

    Paul M Angell Foundation Board Member

    Jim worked as an attorney for nearly two decades for Earthjustice, where he litigated and directed numerous cases to protect the landscapes and endangered species of the American West, and to preserve the region’s clean air and water.

  • Lillian Cheng

    Program Officer Helmsley Charitable Trust Conservation

    Lillian leads the Trusts’ conservation work focused on global marine issues, and place-based programs in Myanmar, Madagascar, the Baja California Sur region of Mexico, and the Galapagos Islands. Before joining Helmsley, Lillian was a senior project manager at AEI Consultants, Inc.

  • J. Charles Fox

    Director Oceans 5

    Prior to joining Oceans 5, Chuck served in senior positions with federal and state governments, as well as nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. He served as the Assistant Administrator for Water at the US Environmental Protection Agency and as the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. 

  • Rebecca Ng

    Portfolio Manager Paul G. Allen Philanthropies Biodiversity

    Rebecca leads Paul G. Allen Philanthropies’ marine wildlife work, currently focused on sharks and rays. Prior to her current position, Rebecca was program lead for the Greater Mekong Program of the World Wildlife Fund. 

  • Justin Winters

    Executive Director Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

    Over the past seven years, Justin has helped Leonardo reshape his approach to philanthropy and activism, leveraging his position as a global figure to influence decision-makers and the public on pressing environmental issues. 

  • Keith Shattenkirk

    Marine Life & Oceans Program Director Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

    Keith leads LDF ocean efforts, focusing on marine species conservation, combating IUU fishing, building sustainable fisheries in developing countries, and protecting valuable ocean ecosystems.



  • Lee Crockett

    Director SCF

    Lee works with the Board of Advisors designing and implementing programmatic and grantmaking strategies, ensuring strong operations and governance, and forming strategic partnerships with NGOs and other funders. Prior to joining the SCF, Lee spent 20 years working on fisheries management at the state, interstate, federal and international levels with both the U.S. government and the non-profit sector. Most recently, he was the Director of U.S. Oceans at The Pew Charitable Trusts. Lee has a MS in Biological Oceanography from the University of Connecticut.

  • Meenakshi Abbi

    Senior Manager, Sponsored Projects Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA)

    Meenakshi Abbi joined RPA’s San Francisco office in May 2012 as a member of the Sponsored Projects & Funds team.. Meenakshi draws on extensive experience to serve as a resource on fiscal sponsorship, financial management, project management, and operational efficiency. Meenakshi has a diverse background ranging from directing programs and computer programming to workforce development and volunteering for social justice organizations. Prior to her current role at RPA, Meenakshi worked at Tides for over four years as a program manager for fiscally sponsored 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) projects, and helped re-launch Tides Advocacy Fund. She was also Director of the Small Business Development Center Technology Advisory Program, a nonprofit dedicated to helping small businesses effectively utilize technology. Meenakshi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Her passions include civic engagement, financial inclusion, and social justice. 

  • Jennifer Hoyler

    Administrator SCF

    Jennifer provides administrative and grant making and monitoring support for the SCF. She worked most recently with conservation of apex predators in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. With experience in the grant-seeking and development world, she brings knowledge of grant organization and reporting and a focus on relationships that will support the work of SCF. Passionate about the oceans and ocean wildlife from an early age, Jennifer is committed to preserving oceanic species and habitats around the world.  


Expert Advisory Panel

  • Dr. Andy Cornish

    Shark and Ray Initiative Leader World Wildlife Fund Hong Kong
  • Professor Nicholas Dulvy

    Co-Chair, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Shark Specialist Group Canada Research Chair in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Simon Fraser University
  • Sarah Fowler

    Scientific Advisor Save our Seas Foundation Trustee of the Shark Trust
  • Rebecca Regnery

    Deputy Director Humane Society International Wildlife Department
  • Luke Warwick

    Associate Director Wildlife Conservation Society Sharks and Rays Program