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OceanGate Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2011 to promote humanity’s understanding of the world’s oceans. Our vision is to improve the future of the oceans by expanding our collective knowledge of the marine environment thus helping people make more informed decisions about its use and preservation.

In the absence of technology, the ocean remains closed to humans, even though almost half of the human population lives near the coast. Our Open The Oceans program is focused on student design challenges, community building and content curation. As we increase our impact we will continue to deliver on our mission to inspire curiosity, passion, and lifelong learning through the exploration of Earth’s final frontier, the ocean.

Our Staff

Christian Sarason
Christian SarasonExecutive Director
Trained as an oceanographer after years banging around in a variety of water craft, Christian came to OceanGate Foundation after working in the research, education, and software technology sectors for 15 years. Christian is motivated to help inspire the next generation of ocean explorers.
Landung Setiawan
Landung SetiawanOpen The Oceans Intern
Landung has recently graduated from University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography. He is excited to work with people in OceanGate Foundation and OceanGate Inc. He has a knack for technology and really want to share that with the community.
Sherry Wilhelm
Sherry WilhelmCommunity Volunteer
Sherry has studied the chemistry of water in groundwater, rivers, and the ocean and has enjoyed sharing the wonder of science with a range of learners, from pre-schoolers through community-college students. She enjoys being part of the positive energy and educational creativity of Open the Oceans.

Board of Trustees

Russell McDuff, Chairman and Treasurer
Professor Emeritus of Oceanography, University of Washington

David Williamson, Secretary
Managing Director, Bernuth & Williamson

Allison Fundis
Director of Education, Ocean Exploration Trust

Krishna Roy
Branch Chief, Global Program, Division of International Conservation at USFWS

Stockton Rush, Co-Founder
CEO, OceanGate Incorporated

Wendy Rush
Community Volunteer


Bridget Buxton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Rhode Island

James Delgado, Ph.D.
Director, Maritime Heritage Program, National Marine Sanctuaries, NOAA

Will Kohnen
President and CEO, SEAmagine Hydrospace Corp.

Admiral John Lockwood
U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.)
Senior Advisor, Government Affairs, Vigor Shipyards, Inc.

Dominique Rissolo, Ph.D.
Executive Director and Archaeologist, The Waitt Institute for Discovery

Lee Thompson, Ph.D.
CEO/CTO and Founder, BlueView Technologies