(BALTIMORE)—The National Aquarium is pleased to announce the appointment of Céline Cousteau, filmmaker, environmentalist, activist, daughter of ocean explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau and granddaughter of the legendary Jacques Cousteau, to its Board of Directors.
"Céline is a compelling storyteller—equal parts social activist, environmental filmmaker and indomitable adventurer. She brings an exciting range of talent, passion and expertise to the National Aquarium's Board of Directors," said John Racanelli, National Aquarium chief executive officer. "She has dedicated much of her career to highlighting the importance of our connection to the natural world that sustains us, and this is strikingly consistent with our own mission to inspire a new generation of hopeful conservationists. Her voice as one of our ocean planet's most eloquent advocates fits perfectly with our expanding national and global conservation initiatives."
As an extension of her grandfather's pioneering efforts to bring the public and our planet together, Cousteau connects audiences around the globe with the marine world by sharing stories of the world's ecosystems, species and people through film and documentaries, research, art and design, and public speaking. Cousteau founded and serves as director of CauseCentric Productions, which creates cause focused multimedia content. She is currently in development of an impact campaign for her latest film, "Tribes on the Edge," featuring the indigenous tribes of the Vale do Javari in the Brazilian Amazon. As an extension of Cousteau's family legacy, she also co-founded The Céline Cousteau Film Fellowship, a nonprofit program whose mission is to empower young aspiring filmmakers, creatives and activists to inspire change through filmmaking.
"Joining the National Aquarium Board of Directors is not just an honor, it is about aligning with a future-thinking organization that pushes ideas and boundaries to enhance their conservation initiatives," said Cousteau. "I believe through collaboration, we will achieve our mutual goals and find new energy to advance critical marine education and conservation projects."
In addition to serving as ambassador for the TreadRight Foundation and previously as a Member of the World Economic Forum Council on Oceans, Cousteau brings awareness to the environment through beauty and fashion collaborations, including her roles as a Guest Designer for Swarovski and creating coral-inspired jewelry for a sustainable luxury fashion collection by London based designer Deborah Milner. Cousteau also sits in on the advisory boards of The Himalayan Consensus and Marine Construction Technologies.
Cousteau, fluent in three languages, holds a degree in psychology from Skidmore College and a masters in intercultural relations from the School for International Training in Vermont.