Calla Allison, Director

Calla Allison’s interest in localized marine resource management was cultivated over a 16-year career in marine safety along the coast of California.

She began her career as a State Parks Lifeguard and Marine Protection Officer for the City of Laguna Beach. Prior to founding the Collaborative Network she participated in the design of South Coast MPAs as a member of the Regional Stakeholder Group, and served as Staff Director for the Orange County MPA Council.

She is an active bodysurfer, and holds a Master’s degree in Pacific International Affairs from UC San Diego.

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, Technology Manager

Leandra began her work with marine protected areas working for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s MPA Outreach Coordination project where she developed products for the public and aspects of their website. She has since moved to the MPA Management team where she is helping develop outreach avenues for the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) component of the project.
Leandra also brings a unique perspective to the project with her past work as a community organic farmer. During her time working as a Farm Manager for the City of Arcata, she worked with the community on a variety of outreach events and projects that worked to advance organic and sustainable agriculture in the community.
Leandra holds a Bachelors in Natural Resource Planning and Interpretation.