Fish 2.0 Team
Monica Jain, Executive Director
Monica Jain, founder and executive director of Fish 2.0 and Manta Consulting Inc., is dedicated to growing networks that bring together her top passions: fisheries and the oceans, finance, and impact investment. She launched Fish 2.0 in 2013 to create a network of quality entrepreneurs and investors who could grow the sustainable seafood sector. Since then, she has worked with over 400 entrepreneurs, 300 investors, and 40 sponsors to expand Fish 2.0.
Monica was named a White House Champion of Change for Sustainable Seafood in October 2016 for her achievements with Fish 2.0 and her long-standing work advancing ocean conservation and sustainable seafood. Her career spans 30 years and 4 continents, encompassing marine biology, philanthropy, venture capital, banking, and international development in such far-flung locales as New Zealand, Madagascar, Latin America, and Spain, as well as in the United States.
Alongside Fish 2.0, she continues her work as a strategic advisor and consultant to foundations, investors, and corporations, helping them launch initiatives and build partnerships. She has supported the development of corporate sustainability strategies, spawned philanthropic initiatives, and helped dozens of companies find aligned investment. Monica holds degrees from Stanford University and the Wharton School of Business.
Remy Garderet, Managing Director
Remy Garderet, co-founder of Fish 2.0 and Manta Consulting, has a 20-year career working with businesses, governments, and investors to help move clean technology and sustainable fisheries into the mainstream. Drawing on a background in economics, policy, and knowledge management, he designs strategies that attract entrepreneurs and investors to these markets. Since the launch of Fish 2.0, Remy has had a hand in every aspect of building the platform into a collaborative network that drives growth in the sustainable seafood sector.
Prior to Fish 2.0, Remy worked with the automotive industry and the government of California to develop alternative fuels infrastructure, and with New Zealand policymakers on utility-scale renewables strategy. He holds an M.A. in economics and energy policy from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. from Stanford University.
Seana Day, Senior Associate
Seana is a key member of the Fish 2.0 team, participating in many of the regional workshops and coordinating the online education program and contributor relationships. Seana has over a decade of corporate and financial services experience. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of DH Consulting LLC, an advisory boutique specializing in Private Placement, M&A, strategic planning, and restructuring activities. Prior that DHC, she led operations and restructuring for Versata Enterprises, Inc. Seana's global advisory background spans AgTech, communications software, mobility, enterprise software, and digital media. She formerly worked at technology and middle market focused investment banks including AGC Partners, Ridgecrest Capital Partners, and Headwaters Merchant Bank. Seana has also held positions in private equity with Marsico Enterprises and retail investment advisory with Robert W. Baird & Co.
Seana received her MBA from Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver and holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Tj Tate, US Aquaculture Track Associate
Tj Tate has worked in the arenas of fisheries and seafood for over 18 years, beginning her career in aquaculture and fisheries. Bringing a background of strong communications and science to the table, Tj helped shape US fisheries working with key policy issues, regulators and community stakeholders engaging in the economic and socio-economic side of seafood.
Tj was previously the first and only Director of Sustainable Seafood for the National Aquarium. Prior to the Aquarium, Tj was the Executive Director and Director of the first brand of responsibly harvested and traceable wild caught fish from the Gulf of Mexico, Gulf Wild. Currently, she is the Founder and CEO of Seafood.Life, a company focused on key strategies executed globally to secure balanced ecosystems, well-managed fisheries and innovation resulting in responsibly harvested and farmed seafood.
Cole Mellino, Project Associate
Cole manages Fish 2.0's social media and supports our communications and research work. Cole has a passion for developing sustainable food systems and for connecting innovative food entrepreneurs with investors to create change. He has served as an AmeriCorps member, building a farm in Reno, Nevada that was designed as a model for a sustainable food system in the high desert. He has also researched and wrote articles on climate change, sustainable food systems and renewable energy for news sites EcoWatch and ClimateProgress. Before moving to the Monterey area, Cole managed the customer experience and communications for a 3,500-member farm share program in Cleveland, Ohio.
Cole is currently pursuing a joint MBA and MA in International Environmental Policy with a focus in Social Enterprise and Finance at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey.
Thinkshift Communications, Fish 2.0 Communications
Thinkshift is a team of strategists, thinkers, writers, and campaigners inspired by the power of business to address pressing social and environmental problems. They help sustainable businesses, cleantech companies and social enterprises reach their goals through creative brand story platforms, PR and thought leadership strategies, and content marketing plans. Thinkshift is a Certified B Corp and a California public benefit corporation. thinkshiftcom.com
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