Abby Newman joined the O’Neill Sea Odyssey (OSO) team in 2015 as an Instructor/Deckhand and transitioned into the Program Manager role in 2021. For over ten years, Abby has worked at the intersection of environmental justice, advocacy, and climate resiliency with the U.S. District Courts, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and a number of University of California (UC) campuses. Abby holds a master’s in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and a Master of Social Work from San Jose State University. Her trauma-informed lens helps her develop programming that empowers and uplifts students to take actionable steps towards tackling the climate crisis.
Prior to serving as Program Manager, Abby was a California Sea Grant Science Policy Fellow at the CA State Lands Commission where she was instrumental in crafting the Commission’s environmental justice policy and leading statewide outreach with Tribal Nations and environmental justice communities. Abby headed the Commission’s AB 691 working group to assist ports, harbor districts, and local jurisdictions with developing their sea-level rise adaptation assessments. She was also critical to the Commission’s efforts of opposing BOEM’s 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas leasing program.
Outside of work, Abby enjoys trail running, rock climbing, and spending time with her son, Charlie.