Skyli McAfee profile

Skyli McAfee

Executive Director

Phone: (510) 251-8323

Skyli McAfee leads the California Ocean Science Trust (OST), a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to supporting California’s ocean and coastal management with robust, transparent and independent science. A true ‘boundary organization’, OST is funded by state, federal and private sources, and is accountable to both the State and scientific community. In her capacity as executive director of OST, McAfee serves also as the Science Advisor to the Ocean Protection Council and co-chairs the OPC Science Advisory Team. McAfee serves on many boards and advisory committees, and was recently appointed to the Fish and Wildlife Strategic Vision Blue Ribbon Citizen Commission.

Before joining OST, McAfee served as Assistant Director at UC Davis’ Bodega Marine Laboratory where she oversaw complex operations in support of marine science, built durable partnerships with state and federal entities and helped to strategically position BML as a leader in marine climate change research. Ms. McAfee received her undergraduate degree from University of California, Santa Barbara in Aquatic Biology and a Master's degree from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, where she studied the community ecology of reef fishes in the San Blas Archipelago, Panama.