A youth leader, Cathy is a science communicator and informal educator native to Key Largo, Florida, and born to Cuban immigrants. She graduated from Florida International University (FIU) with a background in marine science, environmental sustainability, and entrepreneurship. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in biology at FIU. Her research focuses on environmental education throughout Yucatec Maya communities in Quintana Roo, Mexico. For the last seven years, she has worked with Florida International University’s Aquarius Reef Base conducting science communication, education, administration, and outreach. She has also worked with other organizations including Pisces VI Deep-Sea Submarine, Mystic Aquarium, the National Park Service, the University of Rhode Island Inner Space Center, and Oceana. Cathy’s mission is to inspire the next generation of seekers and solvers for our oceans, and she is effectively applying her skills in science communication, education, and outreach at H2OO as Youth Engagement Coordinator and Curriculum Consultant supporting its global chapters and assisting in developing a middle school curriculum. Cathy is also a Steering Committee member of H2OO’s newly-formed US Youth Advisory Council for the UN Ocean Decade.