Sustainable Ocean Alliance
About Her Business & Career: Fernandez’s Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) is a nonprofit designed to solve the challenges our oceans are facing. The organization offers an Ocean Leadership Program, in which SOA provides funding, mentorship and resources for their leaders to help them create actionable change for the ocean, and an Ocean Solutions Accelerator, which supports startups that are actively taking on the ocean’s greatest challenges and developing solutions for them.
Why She Made the Worthy 100: An acclaimed social entrepreneur, Fernandez started SOA at just 19 years old. Since then, her organization has worked with ocean leaders in more than 150 countries, making it the largest network of young ocean leaders across the globe. As well, SOA’s Ocean Solutions Accelerator is the first of its kind, helping innovators develop technological solutions for our oceans. Fernandez’s work to help restore our oceans’ health and her dedication to furthering UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 is what makes her part of this year’s Worthy 100 Entrepreneurs list.
Year Founded: 2014
Headquarters: San Francisco, Calif.