Environmental philanthropist and ocean activist Shari Sant Plummer is President and co-founder of Code Blue Charitable Foundation, Secretary/Trustee of the Summit Charitable Foundation, founding board member of the Sylvia Earle Alliance, board member of the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and former Vice President of Seacology. Shari is also a member of the Ocean Unite Advisory Board, WWF National Council, and Nature’s Best Photography Advisory Council. A proponent of impact photography and filmmaking, she served as board chair of the International League of Conservation Photographers for five years and is currently an affiliate. 

In addition to her philanthropic work, Shari also produces documentary films including the Emmy award-winning Netflix documentaries “Mission Blue” (Executive Producer), and “Chasing Coral” (Associate Producer). She is also Executive Producer on the award-winning films “Anote’s Ark,” “Sharkwater Extinction,” and “Ghost Fleet.”

A graduate of NYU, Shari worked as Senior Stylist and Design Director for Ralph Lauren in New York for nine years, then as Visual Director at Esprit. She later founded the environmental lifestyle store, Worldware, in San Francisco in 1994. She sold the business in 2001 and now devotes herself full-time to conservation work, with a focus on producing impact media to inspire change.

An avid diver, photographer and ocean activist, Shari travels extensively throughout the world promoting ocean conservation and environmental awareness and lives in New York and California with her husband Dan and their dog Brody.

3 words to describe Nature?

Miraculous. Humbling. Fragile

3 things Nature taught you?

Respect

Love

Resilience

3 most treasured Nature spots?

Cocos Island, Costa Rica

Millennium Atoll, Kiribati

Our farm in the Catskill Mountains, New York

When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel…?

Curious, energized, alive!

When you see a forest, it makes you feel…?

Comforted it’s still there!

When you see a volcano, it makes you feel…?

Afraid and exhilarated

When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel…?

Reverent awe

When you hear thunder, it makes you feel…?

Apprehensive.

When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel…?

..like diving under the covers!

Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person?

Definitely ocean

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being?

Is this a trick question? More than 10!

Share with us a childhood nature memory.

Body surfing is a tradition in my family, so at an early age, I regularly braved the icy waves in Santa Cruz, where my dad had a beach house. 

Stepping intrepidly into the frigid sea, I would move gradually deeper until the waves towered over my eight-year-old head. Unafraid, I dove expertly underneath them as my father and grandfather had taught me, dodging the crushing turbulence while waiting for the perfect ride. I felt invincible! 

One day after diving through several waves I realized I had inadvertently moved into the deep ocean. I was alternating treading water and trying to swim back to safety but continued to drift hopelessly farther offshore. I had gotten caught in a riptide and was being swept rapidly out to sea! Fortunately, a man on the beach saw me struggling and swam out to help me. He knew how to maneuver out of the riptide and got us safely back to shore. 

If not for this stranger’s vigilance, I might have drowned. Though the experience didn’t inhibit my love affair with the ocean, that was her first lesson in respect.