The Santa Monica College Public Policy Institute (PPI) is partnering with The Broad Stage to present “Doing it Right – Healing the Ocean and Building the Blue Economy,” a live online panel discussion featuring experts, educators, and advocates talking about the planet’s most important resource: the ocean.

The panel discussion is free and open to the public. The discussion will be held online as a live virtual event Monday, March 28, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. A Zoom link to the discussion will be available at event time on March 28 on the SMC Events calendar at

The panel members are award-winning journalist Alanna Mitchell, AltaSea President/CEO Terry Tamminen, and Heal the Bay Water Quality Scientist Annelisa Moe. The discussion will include the ocean, carbon, the blue economy, conservation, advocacy, and more.

The robust conversation will be moderated by Santa Monica College Dean of Academic Affairs Patricia Ramos and SMC Public Policy Institute Co-Director Shari Davis. This event is made possible, in part, by support from The Kissick Family Foundation.

Journalist Alanna Mitchell is the author of Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis, an international bestseller awarded the Grantham Prize for excellence in environmental journalism. Her play Sea Sick — adapted from her celebrated book — will be presented in The Edye at the Broad Stage April 15-16 (see for information and tickets).

In addition to his role as CEO of AltaSea, Terry Tamminen is the former Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency, the founder of Santa Monica BayKeeper and the nonprofit 7th Generation Advisers (SGA), and cofounder of the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic at the School of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Annelisa Moe advocates for science-based water quality regulation to help keep Los Angeles water clean and safe. She is also an educator and author of Heal the Bay’s Step-by-step guide: How to make public comments. She formerly worked with the Regional Water Quality Control Board in both the underground storage tank and the surface water ambient monitoring program.

The SMC Public Policy Institute provides nonpartisan community programs exploring key economic, social, and political issues. SMC offers an Associate in Arts Degree and Certificate of Achievement in public policy, and students can specialize in one of five public policy areas: arts and cultural affairs, education, environment and sustainability, public health, and urban/socioeconomic issues.

More information is available at or by calling 310-434-3541.

Submitted by Grace Smith