Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Let's use the ocean without using it up.


Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, strategist, Brooklyn native, and founder and CEO of Ocean Collectiv, a consulting firm for conservation solutions grounded in social justice. She works toward a healthy ocean that supports food security, economies, and cultures. You’ll find her at the nexus of science, policy, and communication, passionately advocating for coastal communities.


Ocean policy

Ocean zoning / Spatial planning

Fisheries management


Community engagement

Philanthropic advising

Strategic planning

Instigating dance parties

Science communication

Public speaking

Event curation

Moderation and facilitation