Sean Russell is a youth engagement strategist – empowering young people with the tools and motivation they need to become involved in leadership initiatives. Sean is the founder and director of the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit. Through this program, Sean works to empower young people with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to address ocean conservation issues in their local communities. Sean holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Florida. He currently works with SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment where he launched and coordinates the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Youth Advisory Council, helps manage the SeaWorld myActions platform, and supports SeaWorld’s youth leadership programs. Sean also serves as a Youth Leadership Fellow with EarthEcho International, overseeing the implementation of EarthEcho’s inaugural Youth Leadership Council and is a Youth Programs Specialist at Mote Marine Laboratory, leading a high school coral research program in the Florida Keys. Sean serves as a member of the National Marine Educators Association Board of Directors.