What Is OCEAN?

The Oregon Coast Energy Alliance Network, or OCEAN, is a cross-cultural community-based organization with the initial mission to explore the opportunities and challenges of floating offshore wind energy (OSW) and to support the responsible development of Advanced Energy Technologies for the benefit of the planet, the people & the coastal communities of Oregon in the near term and for generations to come.

Check out the "Events" tab to see a calendar of OCEAN related events and meetings. Are you interested in Joining the OCEAN team? Reach out to us at the bottom of the "Home" tab and let us know how you would like to help.

OCEAN Core Members

Bill Gorham, Environmental Chair

Southern Oregon Climate Action Now, Co-Facilitator Marine Biologist Environmental Investigation & Permitting energy projects, retired Author BOEM Whitepaper: Incorporating Benefits of OSW into NEPA documents

Mark Healy

Coquille Indian Tribe, Water and Environmental Specialist BOEM/Oregon Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force Oregon Committee for ShakeAlert Communication, Education, and Outreach Oregon Kelp Alliance West Coast Ocean Alliance and WCOA Tribal Caucus Community Coalition of Empire

Captain Jeff Hill, Existing Commerce Chair

Sause Brothers Towing, General Manager of Towing Operations / Senior Port Captain Coos Watershed Association, Past Board Member Humboldt Bay Harbor Safety Committee, Past Board Member Connect Oregon Advisory Committee, Past Member: Marine State marine task force for review of the wreck of the M/V New Carissa

David Petrie, Economic Development Co-Chair

Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, Enrolled Member DB Western Inc, Business Development Manager Coos Waterkeeper, Former Founder and Executive Director Coos County Cultural Coalition, Board Member Whitefeather and Associates Intl’ Timber Brokerage, President

Mark Petrie, Cultural Preservation Chair

Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, Tribal Elected/ Council Vice-Chair/ Culture Committee member BOEM Oregon OffShore Wind Task Force member Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) Representative National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Representative

Shannon Souza, P.E., Program Manager/Policy Chair/Societal Benefits Co-Chair

Sol Coast Consulting & Design, LLC, Principal Oregon Solar Energy Industry Association, Board Member/ Policy Chair Governor Brown Office of Resilience, Councilor Resilience Mitigation Activity Council Professional Engineers of Oregon, Board Member Independent Practitioners National Society of Professional Engineers, Sustainability Platform Contributor Coos Housing Action Team, Chair

Commissioner Court Boice, Societal Benefits Co-Chair

Curry County Commissioner

Jamie Fereday

Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council, Councilor Sol Coast Companies, Energy Analyst South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Former Commissioner Coos Bay Public Schools, Retired biological science teacher South Coast Land Conservancy, Founding member Oregon Coast Education Awareness Network, Former member Permaculture tinkerer, energy nerd

Tera Martinez, Public Outreach Co-Chair

Boost Southern Oregon, Executive Director

Michael Mitton

Oregon League of Conservation Voters Metro Climate Action Team Steering Committee,Oregon Bioscience Association founder and former ED,

Co-founder and former CEO of NASDAQ-listed biotech company,

American Leadership Forum Oregon Senior Fellow,

Former member and Investment Advisor Sierra Angels,

Samuel J. Schwarz, Public Outreach Co-Chair

Coos Bay Boat Building Center, Board Member Surfrider Foundation, former Chair Coos Bay chapter Nor’ Gale LLC Albacore Fishing, Owner SAMIO Lighting, LLC, Owner

Robert Westerman, Economic Development Co-Chair

IBEW Local Union 932 (central & south coast), Business Manager Oregon State Association of Electrical Workers, President Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment Board, Vice Chair Boost Southern Oregon, Treasurer Pacific Inside TAC Electrical Apprenticeship Committee, Chair Oregon State Building and Construction Trades. Executive Board member Cascade Pension Trust, Secretary and trustee Oregon Prevailing Wage advisory committee, Past Chair United States Navy, Veteran

Shaun Gibbs

South Coast Economic Development Council, Executive Director Oregon Economic Development Association –Economic Developer CCD Business Development, Board Member, Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Community-At-Large, City of Coos Bay, Parks & Design Assistance Team Commissioner

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