Ben May - President & Founder
University of Pennsylvania C’21
Ben is an environmental advocate, writer, and speaker. From an early age, he has been incredibly passionate for the ocean. In high school, Ben founded his school's environmental club and implemented a student-led recycling program, held large-scale annual beach cleanups, and advocated for sustainability in the local community's government. Later, he was the contest winner for the inaugural Sea Youth Rise Up Campaign's delegation; where, among other things, he played a part in the founding of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument, the first US Marine Protected Area in the Atlantic. Aside from ThinkOcean, he is the National Communications Coordinator as well as Ocean Policy Adviser for the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit and former Coordinator for Sea Youth Rise Up. In 2018, he was recognized as a Global 30 Under 30 for Environmental Education. Ben is also a NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholar and a Zhi-Xing Fellow. He has served as a speaker at a United Nations Activate Talk, the NYC YOCS, LI YOCS, the Empowered Youth Environmentalists Summit (EYES), The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) International Conference, the World Ocean Festival, and more. Ben graduated valedictorian of his high school class and is a current junior at the University of Pennsylvania, double majoring in International Relations and Economics while studying six different languages. Whether SCUBA diving, hiking, camping, free diving, or something else, he spends his free time in the outdoors.