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Marina Psaros – Sustainability Lead, Unity Technologies; Author, The Atlas of Disappearing Places: Our Coasts and Oceans in the Climate Crisis

Marina Psaros is Unity’s global sustainability lead and the author of The Atlas of Disappearing Places: Our Coasts and Oceans in the Climate Crisis. She has conducted climate change action programs across the public, private, and non-profit sectors for over fifteen years and holds a Master’s in Environmental Policy and Urban Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her mission is to unite science and technology with creativity and empowerment to solve our most pressing environmental issues.

What is the educational and career path that led to your current career?

I started my career in the tech industry because I thought the internet would be able to democratize knowledge and build a more just and sustainable world. After about 5 years working on interesting-but-not-values-driven projects, I decided to pursue a graduate degree in environmental policy. After graduating I worked in the public sector, but there I found myself missing the creativity and pace of the tech industry! Last year, I went back to the tech industry as Unity’s head of sustainability and I’m really happy that I have finally been able to combine my love of tech with my commitment to real-world sustainability action.

How did you become interested in environmental work?

I grew up in a California coastal town playing in the redwoods and at the beach, so exploring and taking care of our environmental heritage has always been part of who I am. Those values have shaped so many decisions about where and how I live throughout my life that I can’t imagine who I would be today without them.

Discuss any mentors that have helped or inspired you to reach your aspirations.

My oldest memory of a professional role model: When I was about 8 years old, I came across a book in the school library titled “The Shark Lady”. It was about Dr. Eugenie Clark, an ichthyologist and shark advocate who worked at a time when there weren’t many women in science. It was the first time that I’d ever seen any woman hold the position of What I Want to Be When I Grow Up.

My most recent memory of a mentor: I just sent Dr. Larry Susskind a signed copy of my book! He was one of my advisors at MIT and I admire what he’s done to advance citizen science and collaborative environmental management.

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