Simon Sidamon-Eristoff is a long-time ocean leader and conservationist. Mr. Sidamon-Eristoff was Chairman of Oceana from 2014 to 2018 and oversaw a dramatic expansion of the organization in terms of global reach and success in winning policy outcomes. Under his leadership, the organization expanded to Brazil, Peru, Mexico, the Philippines and helped to protect hundreds of thousands of square miles of sea. He previously was the secretary of Oceana’s board, a post he held since 2008, and has been a member of Oceana’s board of directors since its merger with American Oceans Campaign in 2002 where he also was a board member. Currently a lawyer with Kalbian Hagerty LLP in Washington, D.C. (where he leads the tax-exempt organizations group), he has also served on the boards of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Sustainable Development Institute and American Friends of Georgia. Additionally, he has worked as a top attorney for the American Farmland Trust (where he was General Counsel for 12 years) and has also been counsel for the Trust for Public Land and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.  Sidamon-Eristoff, a native of New York City, holds degrees from Princeton University and Columbia Law School.