Collaborative Network Staff


Calla Allison, Director

Calla Allison has been playing and working in the coastal waters of California her entire life.

She began with a 16 year career as a State Parks Lifeguard, working on the lifeguard boat, making rescues from shore, and teaching Junior Lifeguards in Santa Cruz and San Diego.  After serving on the Lifeguard Exchange to New Zealand, she became interested in international environmental policy.  She was especially interested in how to apply high level policy to on-the-ground, grassroots driven action and stewardship.   Much of what Calla learned about local ocean policy implementation came from her years as the Marine Protection Officer for the City of Laguna Beach and as Director for the Orange County MPA Council (OCMPAC). After serving as a member of the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative’s South Coast Regional Stakeholder Group, she became focused on expanding the OCMPAC model statewide, and the Collaborative Network was born.

Calla holds a Master’s degree in Pacific International Affairs from UC San Diego. She loves to travel, bodysurf, and play water polo.

Cristiane Livsey, Program Coordinator

Cristiane began her career in marine conservation working for a non-profit organization in her native country of Brazil. There she saw how conservation was being done effectively through science, education and engagement with local communities. She is excited to join the MPA Collaborative network and continue to work closely with coastal communities.

Her previous positions include working for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species to assess the conservation status of marine fishes, and with NOAA’s Human Dimension’s Program examining the impacts of a catch-shares program on the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery.

She holds Masters Degrees from the University of Washington’s School of Fisheries, and the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at UC Santa Barbara.


Leandra Lopez, Digital Communications Specialist

Leandra began her career in science communication working as an organic vegetable farmer for the City of Arcata’s Bayside Park Farm. Managing a four-acre community farm allowed for regular opportunities to engage with the public to share insights on everything from soil microbiology to watershed health.

Starting in 2015, Leandra began a new career in marine conservation working for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) MPA Outreach Coordination project and subsequently the MPA Management project. Her focus has been the development of a photo catalog for 50,000+ deepwater photos captured during a 3-year project that utilized an underwater remotely operated vehicle to research and monitor California’s MPAs. Additionally, she helps develop and maintain CDFW’s MPA webpages, looking for opportunities to streamline information or improve user experience.

In tandem with Leandra’s work with CDFW and starting in 2016, Leandra began working for the Marine Protected Area Collaborative Network. She focuses on external and internal communications, project development, and organizational support for the organizations 600+ members and fourteen coastal chapters.

Leandra holds a Bachelors in Natural Resource Planning and Interpretation (i.e. Science Communication).

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