Phil Stephenson is a graduate of both Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Phil Stephenson worked as an attorney, U.S. Treasury Department official under President George HW Bush and oil industry executive. On retiring from active business, he endowed the Stephenson Foundation, a private 501(c)3 dedicated to supporting ocean exploration, protection, and education. An avid sailor and scuba diver since the age of 12, Phil also serves on the Board of Pristine Seas, a National Geographic sponsored program to identify, document and protect pristine areas of the ocean. Phil’s background in business and support for ocean exploration, protection, and education will strengthen the Foundation’s efforts to demonstrate the value of our oceans and Great Lakes to the American people and surrounding communities.
“I did not know much about the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation before attending Capitol Hill Ocean Week a few years ago,” Phil Stephenson said. “Then the more I learned about their mission, to support and expand protected oceans in US waters, the more supportive I became. It seems a natural analog to the National Park System – but in the sea and Great Lakes. I hope to work convincing others, including our government officials, that this mission is indeed worthwhile.”