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In the absence of technology, the deep ocean is inaccessible to humans. Our Open The Oceans outreach aims to bring awareness of marine sciences and technology to a wide audience of students and adults. As we increase our impact we will continue to deliver on our mission to ignite curiosity, passion, and lifelong learning through the exploration of Earth’s final frontier, the ocean.

OceanGate Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2011

Board of Trustees

Christopher M. Bechhold
Partner, Thompson HIne LLP

Russell McDuff, Treasurer
Professor Emeritus of Oceanography, University of Washington

Steve Phelps
President, Chief Investment Officer, Badgley Phelps Wealth Managers

Krishna Roy
Branch Chief, Global Program, Division of International Conservation at USFWS

Stockton Rush, Co-Founder
CEO, OceanGate Incorporated

Wendy Rush, Chair
Community Volunteer

David Williamson, Vice Chair
Managing Director, Bernuth & Williamson


Bridget Buxton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Rhode Island

James Delgado, Ph.D.
Director, Maritime Heritage Program, National Marine Sanctuaries, NOAA

Admiral John Lockwood
U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.)
Senior Advisor, Government Affairs, Vigor Shipyards, Inc.

Lee Thompson, Ph.D.
CEO/CTO and Founder, BlueView Technologies