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Vikki N. Spruill
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Since December 2006, Vikki N. Spruill has been serving as president and CEO of Ocean Conservancy, becoming just the fifth person, and the only woman, ever to hold that title. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Ocean Conservancy — the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to restoring the health and resiliency of the ocean. Prior to her appointment at Ocean Conservancy, she was president and founder of SeaWeb, a non-profit organization that uses strategic communications techniques to advance ocean conservation. Spruill led a team there that in 11 years designed and executed countless important and innovative programs to promote ocean conservation and improve ocean governance. Prior to SeaWeb, Spruill spent 15 years in public relations, including five years as a senior vice president at Ruder Finn, one of the largest independently held public relations firms in the world, where she was responsible for client management and new business development.

Spruill is a member of the board of directors for Sky Truth, and of the boards of directors for Tides Network and Tides Center, and she sits on the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program Advisory Committee. She is currently a director of COMPASS, the Communications Partnership for Science and the Sea. Spruill serves on the Advisory Committee for the Ocean Hall of the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum and the Conservation Committee of the SeaChange Investment Fund. She is also a member of the Pew Fellows Advisory Committee and is a member of the Ad Council Advisory Committee. Spruill founded FoundationWorks, a nonprofit organization working with foundations to enhance effectiveness for foundations and grantees. Spruill graduated cum laude from Loyola University in New Orleans with a Bachelor's degree in communications and a minor in religious studies. She received her Master's degree from the University of West Florida; also in communications.

Blog Entries by Vikki N. Spruill

A Tsunami of Trash Reaches Our Shores Every Year

0 Comments | Posted March 28, 2012 | 4:38 PM

A year ago, a massive earthquake hit Japan, causing a tsunami that devastated the island nation and sent shock waves around the world. And while the human toll of that tragic event is still being felt, we know very little about what has become of the millions of...

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Now Is the Time to Invest in Restoring the Health of the Gulf of Mexico

0 Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 2:12 PM

More than 18 months have passed since the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, but evidence of the spill remains. Unusual numbers of dead dolphins, turtles and other wildlife have been found in the Gulf in the months following the disaster, and even now we do not understand the cause. Local...

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Too Valuable to Toss: Why We Should Partner With Industry to Eliminate Ocean Trash

0 Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 1:45 PM

The biggest challenge we face in saving our ocean is that so many of the threats are beneath the ocean's surface, literally out of sight and out of mind.

But on September 17, hundreds of thousands of volunteers will help tackle one very visible problem that impacts all of...

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Hurricane Watch: Protecting Our Ocean Sentries

0 Comments | Posted August 26, 2011 | 6:35 PM

As people all along the East Coast experience Hurricane Irene's wind and rain blasting north on one of summer's last weekends, my thoughts are with all of those in the storm's path.

I am thankful once again for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for its role...

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It's Time We Take the Pulse of the Gulf

0 Comments | Posted July 19, 2011 | 6:14 PM

It has been one year since BP's Macondo well was capped, ending the continuous flow of toxic crude into the Gulf of Mexico and allowing all of us to breathe a (very short) sigh of relief before continuing our work to restore the Gulf to a healthy state. We all...

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Ocean Trash Is No Picnic

0 Comments | Posted June 30, 2011 | 2:03 PM

Every summer, my family makes a trip out to the beautiful beaches of Nantucket Island. I simply love being here at the ocean, many miles out to sea. It restores me, and it reminds me that the work Ocean Conservancy is doing to protect it is so important.

As...

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Looking for a Sea Change on World Oceans Day

0 Comments | Posted June 7, 2011 | 11:40 AM

Last year on World Oceans Day, our nation was facing the largest oil spill in U.S. history. Since then, the well has been capped, oil-covered wildlife have been scrubbed, and experts have told us how to prevent another offshore oil disaster. But the truth is, not much has changed.

The...

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Six Months Later: Keeping Faith in the Gulf

0 Comments | Posted October 20, 2010 | 10:15 AM

Six months ago, oil began gushing into the Gulf of Mexico after the BP Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, sending 206 million of gallons of oil into the Gulf and senselessly taking the lives of eleven workers.

The oil spill was a devastating tragedy that should not have happened. As the...

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In Wake of BP Spill, Will We Save Our Oceans?

0 Comments | Posted May 26, 2010 | 6:31 PM

Just over a month ago, the ocean burned. The images of BP Deepwater Horizon in flames have led us to question both ocean industrialization and the anemic state of conservation. Not long ago, however, Americans were swept up in a wave of environmentalism spurred in part by two very different...

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