National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Announces Two New Members to its Board of Trustees

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation announces the appointment of Lynn Scarlett and Julian Myers as the newest members of its Board of Trustees.

“We are fortunate to have Lynn and Julian join the Board of Trustees of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation,” said Kris Sarri, President and CEO of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. “Both bring a wealth of experience to support national marine sanctuaries through our mission to protect species, conserve ecosystems, and preserve America’s maritime heritage.

Former Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Lynn Scarlett is Co-Chief External Affairs Officer at The Nature Conservancy and Global Climate Strategy Lead. In these roles, Scarlett directs all policy in the United States and the 70 countries in which TNC operates. Scarlett also served at Interior as the Acting Secretary of the Interior in 2006. While Interior’s Deputy Secretary, Scarlett initiated and chaired the Department’s Cooperative Conservation Working Group and its first-ever Climate Change Task Force. She is author or co-author of publications on climate change adaptation; ecosystem services; large landscape conservation; and science and decision making. She chairs the Science Advisory Board of NOAA, recently co-chaired the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives Council established in 2014 by the U.S. Department of the Interior and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Sustainability Roundtable. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also completed her Ph.D. coursework and exams in political science and political economy.

“Advancing this nation’s pioneering history of conservation, our National Marine Sanctuaries sustain marine life, iconic underwater historic sites, and unique underwater feature,” said Scarlett. “I am thrilled to join diverse partners who help us protect these places, tell their stories, and secure their recreational, scientific, and economic benefits now and for future generations.”

Julian Myers is an avid adventurer whose travel has taken her as high as Tangboche Monastery on Everest and as deep as the North Wall in Grand Cayman.  Her love of oceans and marine life comes from living near the sea, whether in her native Japan or on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Julian is a licensed attorney and principal at The Myers Group, LLC, an advisory firm serving clients including health care technology ventures, online health and wellness organizations, national and international medical research firms and senior care companies.  Previously, she was Senior Healthcare Counsel for Revolution Health Group and Chairperson for RHG’s Health Policy Review Committee.  She also served as Vice President and Corporation Counsel for Sunrise Senior Living and Vice President and Associate General Counsel for PHP Healthcare Corporation, a managed care integrated delivery system.  Ms. Myers has been associated with several law firms including Epstein, Becker and Green, P.C. and Powell Goldstein (now Bryan Cave LLP).She attended the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program, holds a law degree from Duke University Law School and is a graduate of the University of Virginia.

“In my career in health care,” said Myers, “I have seen how critical our oceans and sea life are to advances in human health and wellness. I am very honored to be part of the Foundation’s future and look forward to continuing to increase global awareness of our marine sanctuaries.”

“Julian and Lynn bring a breadth of knowledge and experiences to the Board,” said Bob Trainor, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “We welcome them and look forward to hearing their unique perspectives on how we can better encourage conservation of our ocean and Great Lakes.”