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Eddie Gonzalez is currently a nonprofit consultant whose focus is program and partnership development that lead to opportunities to engage educators, students, and the general public in conservation and outdoor education. His work helps promote the value of preserving, protecting, and restoring the world’s natural resources, including marine resources.
Eddie recently served as Director of Education for the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation. His main responsibility is to establish an education department for the Foundation in support of the Global Reef Expedition, a multi-year, scientific journey to assess coral reef health and resilience around the world.
Eddie grew up in Harlingen, Texas, a small town near the Gulf of Mexico. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology and Biology from Brown University and a Master of Science Degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. While at Brown, he had the opportunity to teach Earth and space science to Rhode Island elementary students through a NASA grant.
After graduating from Brown, Eddie began conducting science education programs with the American Association for the Advancement of Science focused on getting more nontraditional audiences into the sciences--particularly girls and people of color. He continued his role as an education specialist at World Wildlife Fund, helping to develop middle school biodiversity curriculum, and at the Water Environment Federation, where he developed training programs in conjunction with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water.
In 1999, Eddie got SCUBA certified and became a divemaster in 2010. His affinity for science, education, and marine conservation led him to the position at the Living Oceans Foundation. He strongly believes that scuba diving can be a great way of engaging youth in the marine environment—especially youth with limited access to the water. His personal vision is to expose as many students and teachers as possible to the wonders of the underwater world. He eventually plans on becoming a dive instructor so that he can be a resource to schools interested in getting youth certified in diving.
Eddie’s background covers science and conservation education, non-profit management, agency partnerships, and program development and implementation. He recently finished a five-year term on the Board of Directors for the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Association of Partners for Public Lands (APPL). When not diving or working on marine education, he likes to camp, hike, and mountain bike near his home in Potomac, Maryland where he lives with his wife, Betsy, and daughter, Ruby.