As of 2016, our wonderful executive director, Marilou Seiff, has been with MSI for 20 years! In October, our staff and board members hosted a great party to celebrate Marilou, and to thank her for 20 years of service to marine science education and to the youth of the Bay Area.
Marilou began working at MSI in November 1996. She advanced from Science Instructor to increasing levels of responsibility before being named Executive Director in 2003. Prior ro MSI, Marilou worked as an aquatic biologist at the Pacific Environmental Laboratory, a diver at the Marineland of the Pacific, and a biologist at the California Department of Fish & Game. She holds a B.S. in Biology from Stanford University, and a M.S. in Biology from the University of the Pacific. In 2006, Marilou completed the Leaders Institute through the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits (CEN), and continues to be active with CEN’s Executive Director Roundtable. By nomination of the Packard Foundation, Marilou attended the Executive Training Program of the Communications Leadership Institute, and completed Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management in 2007 at Harvard Business School.
MSI has become the most popular and successful environmental science education organization in the Bay Area because of Marilou’s leadership. We love you, Marilou!