Caiti Waks at Pioneers @MDC Conversation Series

Date: June 27, 2018Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Join us for a conversation with Caiti Waks from Debris Free Oceans on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; Goal 14: Life Below Water.

Caiti Waks received her B.A. from the University of Miami in Ecosystem Science and Policy, and thereafter received her J.D. from the University of FloridaLevin College of Law where she specialized in coastal and marine law and policy. While at the University of Florida, Caiti worked in the Conservation Clinic to facilitate the establishment of a marine protected area in the Bahamas and worked with other nonprofit organizations to fulfill their marine conservation goals, including the Surfrider Foundation and Audubon Florida. Upon graduation from law school, Caiti founded Debris Free Oceans, a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring local communities to responsibly manage the lifecycle of plastics and waste as part of a global initiative to eradicate marine debris. Caiti is also a Board Member of the Marine and Waterfront Protection Authority for the City of Miami Beach and Program & Outreach Director for the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation. 

Debris Free Oceans ( is a volunteer-run, Miami-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring local communities to responsibly manage the lifecycle of plastics and waste through education, outreach, research and policy initiatives. Since its inception in 2014, Debris Free Oceans has removed over 20,500lbs of marine debris from our South Florida reefs and beaches, educated over 4,500 students in Miami about how to live a zero-waste lifestyle, engaged over 2,100 people in lifestyle awareness events, such as Debris Free Ocean’s annual eco-fashion show, and provided sustainability consulting services to leading local businesses resulting in eliminating single-use plastics from the waste stream, including over a million plastic straws, nearly 10,000 plastic bags and plastic cups, and over 20,000 plastic silverware. @debrisfreeoceans #imnodirtybeach

Lunch is on us!

Venue: Room 8525