Laura Parker Roerden has over twenty years of experience in educating for social responsibility and is the founding director of Ocean Matters, as well as is a fourth generation organic farmer. She has a masters of education degree from Harvard University and a B.A. from Boston College and is a lecturer and author of many books, curricula and articles on young people’s social, emotional, and ethical development. Laura has designed educational outreach projects for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Basketball Association, Pokemon USA, Olympians at Athletes for Character Education, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, AT&T, Operation Respect, and the Resolving Conflict Creatively Program, as well as for various film, music and video projects including the Grammy-nominated children’s recording “Changing Channels.” She is the former publisher and managing editor at Educators for Social Responsibility and former managing editor of the magazine New Designs for Youth Development. Laura currently serves on the board of directors of both Women Working for Oceans (W20), a fiscal partner of the New England Aquarium, as well as Earth, Ltd. of Southwicks Zoo. Laura has taught marine education in a myriad of settings including traditional classrooms, on decks of science-at-sea programs, and 100-feet beneath the sea on scuba in ecosystems ranging from the rocky intertidal to the coral reef. She lives on her organic family farm Jo-Erl Farm in Massachusetts, which features a pastured beef, poultry, and eggs CSA.