Valarie Van Cleave is the Co-Founder and Chair Emeritus of the SeaChange Summer Party. She is a member and the immediate past Chair of the Oceana Board of Directors. Valarie has an abiding affinity for the earth’s most remote places. This lifelong attraction has informed her world perspective and keeps Valarie forever curious about our planet, both above and below sea level. She is most at home in wild places, with a love of scuba diving, hiking, wildlife photography, and history. Van Cleave has witnessed firsthand the often-shocking, adverse environmental impacts of humanity. These global experiences led Valarie to seek out an effective international organization that is making transformational improvements in mankind’s relationship with the natural world. Valarie’s 17 years of working with Oceana and founding SeaChange is the result of that search. Van Cleave’s business career has encompassed work in mergers and acquisitions, sales and marketing, and new business development.