Meet Our CORAL Ambassadors

We are excited to introduce you to our CORAL Ambassadors, the passionate advocates dedicated to saving our coral reefs and marine ecosystems. These ocean conservationists, storytellers, and educators are making significant strides in marine preservation. They are leaders in their fields, united by a shared commitment to the values and mission of the Coral Reef Alliance. We are excited to see the impact of their voices and actions in protecting and preserving the world’s coral reefs.

Carissa Cabrera

Carissa is a marine biologist, conservation storyteller, and ocean climate advocate.

For the past 10 years, Carissa has focused on ocean recovery efforts related to endangered species, reef restoration, conservation financing, community outreach, and environmental literacy. She co-founded Futureswell, a conservation consultancy dedicated to advancing community-based ocean climate solutions alongside NGOs and coalitions through storytelling. Carissa’s work, company, and media projects are united by the shared goal of increasing pathways to ocean climate action and accelerating collective conservation solutions.

In recent years, Carissa has focused her efforts on supporting coral reefs through restoration and community education. Since coral reefs support 25% of marine life and are on the frontline of climate change, supporting reef health has cascading benefits to the rest of coastal ecosystem health. She fell in love with coral reefs as the first ecosystem she ever snorkeled as a child. Now, Carissa works to bring coral restoration to the public, in partnership with NGOs and as an ocean-focused content creator.

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Martina Alvarez

Martina is an environmental journalist, documentarist, scuba dive instructor, and, above all, an ocean storyteller.

Over the last 9 years, she’s delved deep into ocean exploration, using her camera and social media to share its wonders and advocate for its preservation. Collaborating with renowned outlets including National Geographic Latam, Scuba Diving Magazine, and PADI blog, Martina amplifies her message of ocean conservation to a global audience. She also founded Women Of The Ocean, a digital community empowering women to connect with the sea and drive conservation efforts forward.

Martina’s love for the ocean and coral reefs was ignited a decade ago during her first scuba diving experience. Mesmerized by the vibrant marine life, she knew she had found her calling. Now, she spends countless hours underwater, observing everything from tiny fish to majestic turtles and sharks. For Martina, coral reefs hold a special place in her heart as the “mother” of marine life. She believes that coral reefs are the cornerstone of our planet’s biodiversity, essential for our survival and the health of our oceans. Through her storytelling and advocacy, Martina aims to give coral reefs a voice, ensuring their protection for generations to come.

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Interested in becoming a CORAL Ambassador?

Are you a dedicated ocean conservationist with a strong digital presence and a passion for our mission? Stay engaged with us on social media so we can get to know you better and consider you for future opportunities to expand our team!

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