Laura Lea Rubino
Laura Lea is passionate about advancing practical solutions for environmental challenges, particularly those affecting our oceans. She first developed an interest in sustainability and environmental issues while earning her bachelor’s degree from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. After college, Laura Lea earned a master’s degree from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UC Santa Barbara, specializing in Environmental Economics and Politics, and Strategic Environmental Communication and Media. Laura Lea has served as SFG’s Operations and Communications Manager since 2016, and in this role she lends various forms of support to individual research projects and SFG’s broader research portfolio, including proposal writing, project management, fundraising strategy, copy-editing, and general communications support. Laura Lea manages projects on global fisheries subsidies reform and innovative fisheries management strategies for French Polynesia, and she also enjoys building relationships with SFG's global network of partners, collaborators, and funders, whose support for the group's work is invaluable.