Justin is an entrepreneur who has founded and worked with clean energy and ocean technology companies providing expertise in fundraising, strategic planning, and business development. In 2010, Mr. Sternberg co-founded Continuum Industries, a company that worked with municipalities and the Department of Energy to develop implementation strategies for the transition to solid-state street lighting. In 2014, he joined Blue Evolution, an early-stage seaweed mariculture company and permitted Alaska’s first commercial seaweed hatchery, while working closely with the University of Alaska and the State to develop best practices for this nascent industry. He received an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, CA, in 2008 and has worked in Alaska since 1997.
Garrett leads research initiatives, examining the existing value of Alaska’s ocean economy while describing the opportunity it offers. He supports a broad coalition of partners focused on economic development, increasing entrepreneurialism, and preparing coastal communities for the future. Garrett is particularly interested in the application of machine vision to seafood processing, modern seafood harvest methods, and new transportation strategies for the seafood industry. Originally from Kodiak, he commercially harvested salmon, Pacific cod, halibut, shrimp, and king crab from Southeast to the Bering Sea. After studying economics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Garrett served as a consulting economist at McKinley Research Group (formerly McDowell Group) for seven years. He supported more than 150 research projects on topics including mining, oil & gas, fisheries, maritime infrastructure, economic development, and business strategy, among others. Garrett enjoys skiing, running, camping, gardening, and exploring Alaska with his wife and two children.
Taylor is a business development analyst with a background in public policy, economic analysis, and entrepreneurship. At the Alaska Ocean Cluster, he supports the development of the Blue Pipeline Venture Studio as well as the success of its member companies. Born in Palmer and raised in Eagle River, Alaska, Taylor is passionate about supporting local entrepreneurs and fostering regenerative growth across the state. He holds a B.A. in Humanities from Yale University. Outside the office, he enjoys cross-country skiing, fly fishing, and pack rafting.
Casey Rangel has led numerous projects to success, supporting and organizing teams and individuals throughout her 12-year career in health and human services. Casey’s shift and interest in ocean commerce were led by her love for Alaska and a desire to advance a more vibrant economy. Since the time she was young, Casey had an affinity for the environment, even starting a paper recycling program in high school which is now a state-wide venture. Having grown up in a boating family, Casey’s passion for water and marine life prompted her to seek work focused on advocating and promoting Alaska’s natural resources and economy. Casey has four young boys, she is passionate about instilling in them a responsibility toward preserving and fully utilizing Alaska’s natural resources.