Kemit-Amon Lewis was born and raised on the island of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. He received his Bachelor and Master of Marine Sciences Degrees at Savannah State University; supported through NOAA’s Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center. Kemit worked for the USVI Coastal Zone Management Program to help developers avoid, minimize, and/or mitigate for environmental impacts caused by coastal development projects. More importantly, he helped progress the effort to ban gill and trammel nets. Kemit was also the Coral Conservation Manager for The Nature Conservancy’s Caribbean Program. He managed the region’s work on coral reef restoration – providing technical guidance/training to programs in the USVI, The Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Grenada, Cuba and, eventually, China. He also managed the Conservancy’s Sea Turtle Recovery Project at the Jack and Isaac Bay Preserve on St. Croix and developed the USVI Reef Resilience Program; including a BleachWatch citizen science program, a “Reef Responsible” sustainable seafood campaign, and a PADI Coral Nursery and Restoration Specialty Course. He currently works for Perry Institute for Marine Science and strongly believes that by reducing anthropogenic stress while recovering critical species we can restore “resilient” sites and preserve a culture’s commercial, recreational, and spiritual value for the ocean.