Sarah Winter Whelan, Ocean Policy Program Director at American Littoral Society

Jenna brings us a very special episode for her 20th!

Jenna celebrates her 20th episode of the Sea Change Podcast by sitting down for a lively conversation with her dear friend and colleague, Sarah Winter Whelan. Sarah is the Ocean Policy Program Director and Healthy Oceans Coalition Director for the American Littoral Society and brings a wealth of ocean policy experience and expertise to this conversation. Join these two as they navigate the ins and outs of higher education, conservation careers, parenthood, and so much more.

Jenna Valente

A passion for conservation and appreciation for the natural world was engrained in Jenna at a young age. Her father was in the Coast Guard. This meant she always had the fortune of living near the ocean, including Hawaii, Washington State, and Maine. Both of her parents encouraged her to spend the majority of her time outside. As a result, she finds that she is most comfortable barefoot and exploring the coast, countryside, or mountains. Her favorite thing about the ocean is the sheer power of it all. Jenna joined the American Littoral Society as the Healthy Oceans Coalition Coordinator from the Chesapeake Research Consortium where she was a member of the communications staff and focused on building the brand of the program and ensure the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Jenna completed her Executive Master of Natural Resources from Virginia Tech in 2015 and also has her Bachelors in Communication and Journalism from the University of Maine.