Freelance writer Diane Richards is the former Director of Development at Marine Applied Research & Exploration (MARE), an ocean exploration and conservation non-profit organization in the San Francisco Bay Area.
With more than 20 years of non-profit experience, Diane has a diverse background that combines fundraising with science communications at a wide range of nonprofits ranging from academic to conservation and scientific research.
As a member of the outreach team for TOPP (Tagging of Pacific Predators), she worked with colleagues at the Monterey Bay Aquarium to raise awareness of the ambitious, multidisciplinary research project and to strengthen relationships with key stakeholders. She has also worked under contract for NOAA’s Northwest Pacific Fisheries Science Center, co-led a website redesign with the marketing team at the Trust for Public Land, and launched the membership program at The SETI Institute.
An avid scuba diver, Diane is passionate about the ocean, the natural world, protection and respect for all the species with whom we share our planet.