Michael Sutton "serves as Vice President of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and directs a new program known as the Center for the Future of the Oceans. The mission of the Center is to inspire action for conservation of the oceans. The Center will work to achieve lasting marine conservation outcomes by empowering individuals and influencing policy, focusing on initiatives where the Aquarium can make a unique and valued contribution.
"Previously, Mike headed the Marine Fisheries Program at the David & Lucile Packard Foundation in Los Altos, California, the largest private funder of ocean conservation efforts in North America. Earlier, he founded and directed World Wildlife Fund's Endangered Seas Campaign, a global effort to promote the conservation and sustainable use of marine fisheries. In the United States, Mike has served as a senior advisor to the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of State on marine fishery issues, sitting on two Federal Advisory Committees. He was a founding member of the national steering committees of both the Marine Fish Conservation Network and the Ocean Wildlife Campaign, the latter an international coalition working to conserve large pelagic fishes such as sharks, tuna, and swordfish.
"Mike holds a law degree in international and natural resources law from George Washington University's National Law Center in Washington, D.C." 
- Managing Principal, Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea
- Advisory Board, Ocean Foundation