Meet Our Team

Bren Smith

Bren Smith

Executive Director/CEO
Bren Smith, GreenWave Executive Director and owner of Thimble Island Ocean Farm, pioneered the development of restorative 3D ocean farming. A lifelong commercial fisherman, his work has been profiled by CNN, The New Yorker, Bon Appetit, National Geographic Television's Future of Food series, and the Wall Street Journal. (Click on image to learn more)
Emily Stengel

Emily Stengel

Deputy Director
Emily leads and supports GreenWave programming and operations, overseeing internal operations, implementation of programming, and fundraising strategy and execution. She brings to GreenWave a background in sustainable food systems, working for several years at a B-Corp catering company in NYC dedicated to supporting the regional farm and food economy...
Gracie White

Gracie White

Internal Operations and Communications Coordinator
Gracie White joins the team as the Internal Operations and Communications Coordinator, and is also assisting with research for “Eat Like a Fish.” She has been passionate about seafood sustainability and marine conservation a long time, and recently graduated from Yale with a B.A. in Environmental Studies, where her senior thesis quantified the ecosystem services provided by the Sea Greens farm...
Lisa Holmes

Lisa Holmes

Strategic Advisor
Lisa Holmes is GreenWave's Food Systems Senior Strategic Advisor. She brings her years of experience in bringing together organizations from multiple sectors (agriculture, community-based/grassroots NGOs, economic investment and philanthropy) and leveraging their respective capacities to create infrastructure and programmatic...
Ron Gautreau

Ron Gautreau

Senior Farmer Trainer
Ron has worn several hats on the farm including first mate, chief engineer, scientist and photographer. He now joins the GreenWave team as Senior Farmer Trainer. Having owned and worked on boats most of his life along with being a trained biologist gives him a unique perspective and appreciation of the evolving workings of the farm...
Jonathan Gilbert

Jonathan Gilbert

Hatchery Program Manager
Jonathan joins the GreenWave team as the Hatchery Program Manager. He is also Research Specialist at the University of Connecticut and began his science career as a laboratory analyst in an environmental compliance laboratory focusing on public use of over 70 drinking water systems, several wastewater systems and irrigation projects in Monterey County, California. Other projects have included state contracts for the California State Parks, Oil and Grease analysis for the Monterey Bay Aquarium...