Mary Luna holds a Biology degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master’s of Environmental Science and Management with emphasis on Corporate Environmental Management and Coastal Marine Resources Management from the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara. At Bren she worked on evaluating the potential for Mexican Bay scallop restoration in Baja California Sur, Mexico. During this time Mary also interned with Santa Monica Seafood and Conservation International – Brazil to learn more about seafood quality assurance, and its practical and effective application in remote locations around the world.
Prior to Bren Mary worked as the Program Manager for Mexico and Outreach at the Reef Check Foundation where she sought to improve the commercialization of marine products from fishing cooperatives, co-created training materials for divers, and assisted in training fisher-divers to conduct scientific underwater surveys of marine reserves and fishing sites.
Currently Mary is involved in a project on alternative seafood marketing arrangements. In the next few years she looks forward to continuing to collaborate with the fishing sector and other marine resource stakeholders in supporting thriving coastal communities and marine ecosystems through improvements in fisheries management and the seafood supply chain.